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Is a US High-Speed Railway Economically Feasible?

Tuzanor Re:Alternate solution (1139 comments)

What happens when your van breaks down for good in 10-20 years?

about 4 years ago

O2 Scraps Unlimited Data Usage For Smartphones

Tuzanor Re:Why do I not trust their numbers? (272 comments)

If carriers can't charge more to people who use more, how are they supposed to get the revenue to expand the network? If a regulator caps prices, you get shortages like anything else.

more than 4 years ago

Time For Universal Data Plans?

Tuzanor Re:A universal plan wouldn't be difficult to deliv (245 comments)

Don't forget that the carriers would always have full pipes and congestion with a flat "unlimited" plan. Us users are clever enough to find ways to not worry about rationing.

more than 4 years ago

"Canadian DMCA" Rising From the Dead

Tuzanor Re:please be broad-minded (211 comments)

The NDP wants the government to centralize and control culture by furthering taxes on blank media and ipods - hardly a benign and noble philosophy. The bloc tends to lean left on policy issues. They're probably support the NDP plan so long as Quebec got a "proportional" share of the funding.

more than 4 years ago

Black Market May Develop For IPv4 Addresses

Tuzanor Re:I fail to see the black market part (282 comments)

Any market that forms that people don't want to form is a black market. They'd prefer some "benevolent" agency to dole out the limited amount, nevermind that a few organizations are holding massive amounts of unused IP ranges. Making them worth money will encourage them to release them, but these people are afraid of markets.

more than 4 years ago

Google Street View Logs Wi-Fi Networks, MAC Addresses

Tuzanor Re:And... (559 comments)

If you have something to hide, HIDE it. Don't leave it in plain view. Don't leave it on an open WIFI network. Make the WIFI network hidden. Don't post on forums. Don't upload your pictures to flickr. Don't create a slashdot account. Don't do anything.

more than 4 years ago

What the Top US Companies Pay In Taxes

Tuzanor Re:Close the loop holes (658 comments)

Right, and my point is that they're doing the exact same thing you or I would do, like it or not. If you live in a city that spanned state lines (there are examples of this) and on one side the tax rate was much higher than the other, which side would you live on? The problem is high taxes in the united states - not loopholes.

more than 4 years ago

What the Top US Companies Pay In Taxes

Tuzanor Re:Close the loop holes (658 comments)

The vast majority of the "dodged" income is foreign earned and merely just doesn't enter the US, otherwise it would be taxed. It's merely a response to incentives. Honestly, do you expect these companies to just go "oh, lets move the money into the united states where a lot more of it will be taken away than if we move it to Bermuda; especially since we already often paid taxes where it was originally earned"? Do you take advantage of mortgage interest deductibility? Retirement tax shelters? It's the same thing. The problem is that taxes in the United States are higher than elsewhere so the money doesn't come here. Pity, as America could really use the investment right now.

more than 4 years ago

Is Working For the Gambling Industry a Black Mark?

Tuzanor Don't Worry too much about it (467 comments)

As somebody who DID work as a systems administrator for a publicly traded, Canadian based company that supplies software to the online gambling industry I can say that unless you're an executive it will have no bearing on your future employment any more than working for an 'evil' defence contractor or such will. Sure, you'd have a hard time getting a job at amnesty international after working for BEA, but the experience you'll get will open more doors elsewhere. The company had far more trouble hiring people who were willing to work for the company, in fact. Though in Canada 'online gambling' had a much more negative connotation than it does in England, where betting shops are everywhere.

The experience I got was very worthwhile. I got to travel to interesting locations to setup the servers. Places like Curacao in the Caribbean, Malta, Ireland, the netherlands (we did work for the government casinos there, in fact), etc. I started out in a very jr position, but moved up extremely quickly because I was capable and they had a hard time finding good people who were willing to work for them. This gave me Sr-level quality within 2 years. I've since moved on, but I would do it again in a second. It's not been a black mark on me at all and people are usually curious about it. Because of complex legal and national regulations, the accountants also were in a similar position. They had a lot of trouble getting quality accountants, so they had to get more Jr. ones who moved up fast.

The executives had far more trouble after leaving, though they also ran the company rather poorly. In fact I'd say that the worst part was having to work with/for some people that I would consider less than high caliber. Because of this, I became the go-to guy to fix poor decisions made from incompetence at the CTO and director level.

more than 4 years ago

Stock Market Manipulation By Millisecond Trading

Tuzanor Re:An abuse of the free market system. (624 comments)

This system generates a massive amount of liquidity, meaning that if you need to quickly buy/sell a stock there's almost always a buyer/seller. That's "something from nothing".

more than 5 years ago

Tech Firms Oppose Union Organizing

Tuzanor Re:Is it 1988 again? (715 comments)

And most of them got new jobs. I'd rather have labour mobility than have a union take 2% of my salary and have other companies not willing to hire because it's so difficult to fire bad employees; I know this is a generalization, but overall it's true. I've done very well without union help and where I live (Ontario) there are strong enough labour laws that if a company fires me without cause, they'd better be offering me a nice package if they don't want to hear from my lawyer.

more than 5 years ago

Sarah Palin's Stance On Technology Issues

Tuzanor Re:Does it matter? (1115 comments)

If the prime minister dies in Canada, another cabinet member becomes temporary PM until the party in power has a leadership convention.

about 6 years ago


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