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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Totenglocke Re:Fewer candidates to draw from... (577 comments)

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

FTFY

about a week 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 week 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 week ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Totenglocke Re:Monitoring software (236 comments)

I was planning on it.

about two weeks 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 two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Totenglocke Re:What was automated? (236 comments)

oh great, another place for TSA to go and stick it to you.

"There is an unexpected item in the bagging area. Please remove your pants and wait for a TSA agent to perform a cavity search."

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Totenglocke Re:Monitoring software (236 comments)

Far more days off, no copays/deductibles/coinsurance plus premium healthcare...and even have paternity leave.

And a much lower income as a result. Also, the "no copay / deductible / insurance premium" is crap since they pay HUGE income taxes instead. There's a reason all of those nations rage about how Americans are "materialistic" - because the United States is the only developed world that doesn't tax the living shit out of their citizens to the point where they have very little disposable income. Also, for those benefits (mandatory longer vacations, mandatory paternity leave, etc), compare salaries for the same job across countries - you'll find that (with few, if any, exceptions) the US jobs pay more because you're being more productive and spending more time working. I've been approached by recruiters in other nations (such as the UK) and my pre-tax pay would be significantly lower if I accepted a their job - and that's before their absurd tax rates.

about two weeks ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Totenglocke Re:Before you even start (261 comments)

Except if you compare those same drivers and their tickets while driving different cars, I'll bet money (based on my personal experience owning both family sedans and sports cars) that you'll see that it's the car and not the driver that drives the ticket count.

about three weeks ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Totenglocke Re:Study is quite incomplete (261 comments)

When I drove an old sedan, I never got a speeding ticket. Ever since buying a new coupe (driving the same speeds) I've gotten at least one ticket per year. I don't care about paying the money because I'll openly admit I was speeding, but to claim that cops don't target sporty cars to punish them is a joke.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Totenglocke Re:Tariffs (365 comments)

Unless there's a trade agreement I'm unaware of, the US doesn't have any Free Trade agreements with countries like China.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Totenglocke Re:People are not interchangeable (365 comments)

Actually the skill non-Americans have is called "math". They refuse to teach it in almost all American schools, so foreign immigrants are needed in order to invent things.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Totenglocke Re:Tariffs (365 comments)

We should just start moving away from free trade arrangements. Go back to having tariffs likely through a VAT with subsidies for domestic job creation.

You just made every economist cry with that statement. Free trade benefits all countries involved and tariffs harm both the nation enacting the tariff as well as the nations they trade with.

about a month ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Totenglocke Re:Fine! (365 comments)

There's the xenophobia Americans are so known for!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Totenglocke Re:What I think would be most useful (471 comments)

Well 4) (GPS on a bike / motorcycle) is more about the "turn left in 100 feet" or the audio directions would be a lot more useful than trying to figure out something with your phone while riding.

In case of (3), if there's a message so important that it's worth interrupting a meeting for (why else would you check notifications?), just have your secretary check on it and warn you in person when such a message comes in.

First off, most people don't have "secretaries" to take their messages. Secondly, it allows you to discreetly tell if the incoming alert is just an email that you don't care about or your wife saying that she has to take one of the kids to the hospital. A quick glance at your wrist lets you know if you can just ignore it or if you need to leave. Also, how is glancing at a notification "interrupting" a meeting? Something tells me that you don't attend many meetings....

about a month ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Totenglocke Re:Hot Damn! (730 comments)

Nope, they just caught up with the Nexus 4 from two years ago.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Totenglocke What I think would be most useful (471 comments)

The things that I can currently think of that I'd use a smartwatch for - 1) GPS / pedometer for running 2) music (without the need for a phone) while working out 3) discreetly checking notifications during meetings 4) navigation when riding a bike / motorcycle. I realize not everyone would value these and will say "JUST USE YOUR PHONE!", but for a $200 - $250 smart watch, I'd definitely drop down the money for these apps.

about a month ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Totenglocke Re:dear NYPD thug, (170 comments)

but as soon as there is evidence rather than heresy they tend to back off and hang the cop out to dry Not true at all. I've sat in my local courthouse to watch for a few hours and see what really goes on - I watched multiple cases where there was no evidence at all, simply a cop's claims and they all resulted in guilty verdicts.

about a month and a half ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Totenglocke Re:dear NYPD thug, (170 comments)

I'm going to take a shot in the dark (no pun intended) and guess you've never been in a court room. The police, district attorney / prosecutor, the public defender, and the judge are all best friends. It's a rigged system and they will not turn on their friends, because as the police bring in BS cases it keeps the public defender employed, keeps the DA / local prosecutor employed, and it lets the judge get re-elected by saying they're "tough on crime".

about a month and a half ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Totenglocke Re:its the cops, not the cameras. (170 comments)

I'm sure plenty of people here will be outraged by this, but the fastest way to fix issues with police brutality / police corruption is to ban police unions. The union always fights tooth and nail to keep bad officers from being fired and in the rare instance where a bad cop does lose their job, the union frequently tries to get them reinstated (like Officer Harless from Canton, OH who was fired after public outrage over video of him threatening to murder a man pulled over for a traffic stop).

about a month and a half ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Totenglocke Re:And make video available when asked (170 comments)

Screw IA, they're police themselves. Put it in the hands of a non-paid but elected group of citizens to store and review. That way you eliminate the potential for the police to alter / destroy evidence.

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  |  about 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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