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Italy Investigates Apple For Alleged Tax Fraud

UnHolier than ever Re:common practice (175 comments)

so how about keeping it simple. Set the corporate tax to 10% no ifs no buts and get rid of all the bs..

But 10% of what? That's where the real issue is - what is a profit? Payroll taxes and dividend taxes are typically not an issue, it's easy to track money that actually goes to someone's pockets, it's what happens before it's actually given to someone, when it slushes around different country, that is the issue.

about 10 months ago
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Icahn Abandons Bid To Prevent Dell From Going Private

UnHolier than ever Re:Translation (51 comments)

Or, translation: Michael Dell tried to buy Dell for cheap, Icahn bought some shares and made noise saying it was worth more. Michael Dell ended up paying more. Icahn was right.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Developer Explains Why Windows Kernel Development Falls Behind

UnHolier than ever Re:The Iron Law of Bureaucracy runs Msoft (347 comments)

Why?

There's no reason why civil service can't be a condition of citizenship. Military service is something different, I get that you might not want to kill people. But conscientious objection to sitting at a desk doing administrative work? On what basis? Cruelty to paper?

It is slavery. I object to being enslaved against my will, even for mundane tasks.

about a year ago
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European Researchers Propose Quantum Network Between Earth and ISS

UnHolier than ever Re:10,000 times faster than the speed of light? (209 comments)

It is instantaneous, but you can't measure zero - all you can measure is "it took less than x picoseconds" where x depends on your timer's precision, and from this infer "it went at least this fast".

about a year ago
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Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

UnHolier than ever Re:Montreal (759 comments)

I just hope conference attendees are ready for 51% of the sessions to be held in French,

This is patently false.

and all printed materials being predominantly in French, as required by law.

This may be true - it'll have both languages.

about a year and a half ago
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How Far Are You Traveling For the Holidays?

UnHolier than ever Re:What ranges are these? (304 comments)

I am flying 6'000 km, and then I am driving 1'100 km. That's just how far the closest airport is. :-)

about a year and a half ago
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Mysterious Algorithm Was 4% of Trading Activity Last Week

UnHolier than ever Re:Truth or dare... (617 comments)

Eve is allowed to ask Alice if she is willing to sell shares at 24.99$, because of free speech. Alice is allowed to say that, yes, she does, because of free speech. She would also be allowed to say "I won't tell you, I want a firm offer". And they're allowed to do that on or off Wall Street, and to rinse and repeat as long as they like.

The real question is that, given that Wall Street is so volatile and disconnected from reality, why is its index still considered an important number in decision making?

about 2 years ago
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Linode Exploit Caused Theft of Thousands of Bitcoins

UnHolier than ever Re:Newsflash (450 comments)

How would insurance of bitcoins even work? It seems particularly challenging for many reasons. Generally, insurance policies are written for things with a strongly-known approximate value. (...) Bit coins are highly variable - if I take out a policy against 10,000 bit coins, and they're lost, what value would the policy pay out based on?

That's easy. If you take out an insurance on 10'000 bitcoins and they get stolen, then the insurance company would compensate you by giving you 10'000 bitcoins. Meanwhile, you would keep paying your premiums in real coins.

more than 2 years ago
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Last year, I spent the most on ...

UnHolier than ever Re:Medical expenses? What's that? (651 comments)

Most do not work for the government nor are they elected, fool. As much as you would like that to be the case, doctors are still professionals who can work in the private sector and answer to themselves or their bosses and not uncle sam.

And that's exactly how it would be if there was a public health system. A universal healthcare system does not need to enslave anyone. They just need to hire people to do the work that the government deems necessary to be done. Like police and policemen.

You realize there is a difference between Sweden and North Korea, right?

more than 2 years ago
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Last year, I spent the most on ...

UnHolier than ever Re:Medical expenses? What's that? (651 comments)

Enslaving doctors and forcing them to work day and night giving away healthcare for free is civilized?

How exactly is this different than what we do to soldiers? Or policemen? Or representatives?

more than 2 years ago
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Last year, I spent the most on ...

UnHolier than ever Medical expenses? What's that? (651 comments)

Anyone who clicked "Medical Expenses" should seriously consider moving to a civilized country where getting unlucky will not make you bankrupt.

more than 2 years ago
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Ticketmaster Customers, Get Ready For Your (Tiny) Class-Action Payout

UnHolier than ever Ticketmaster can continue to profit (140 comments)

"And despite the reparations, Ticketmaster can continue to profit off transactions — they just have to say they're doing so on their website."

No, really? A private enterprise is allowed to profit off its business provided it does so in a manner that is not fraudulent? Shocking!

more than 2 years ago
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NY Senators Want To Make Free Speech A Privilege

UnHolier than ever Re:why dont you beat them up ? (624 comments)

Unalienable individual rights was a revolutionary thing at the time and is still forbidden in many "civilized" countries, Canada and the UK for example lacks freedom of speech (and have a monarchy! doh!).

Canadian Charter of Rights (part of the constitution), 2: Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: (a) freedom of conscience and religion; (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and (d) freedom of association.

more than 2 years ago
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Researcher Predicts Your Next Facebook Friend

UnHolier than ever Re:self-referential (66 comments)

Most of the people you meet in real-life, someone you know has met in real life before, and has added to facebook. It's not that hard to see that if someone suddenly becomes friend with people in your social circle, they are likely to become friends with you too.

about 3 years ago
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With regards to beer, I prefer it to be:

UnHolier than ever Re:Americans rule the beer world (840 comments)

Do not lie about the thousands upon thousands of micro-breweries that are turning out beers like anything that Europe can produce plus hundreds of other innovative beers that tradition-bound old breweries would never dream of producing.

But if I stop telling that lie, then I'll have to admit there is more to Belgium than waffles and beer. And then I'll have to figure out what that more actually is! Stereotypical jokes are way more fun.

PS I've had good american beer, so in all seriousness, I agree with you. And Kronenbourg is just as bad as Bud Light.

more than 3 years ago
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With regards to beer, I prefer it to be:

UnHolier than ever Re:First time (840 comments)

What's the difference between american beer and having sex in a boat?

None; both are fucking close to water.

Ta-dam, tching!

more than 3 years ago
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Robert X Cringely Predicts More Mininuke Plants

UnHolier than ever Re:NO.. just NO. STUPID IDEA. (430 comments)

You fail sir. The 4S reactor is placed 30m underground in a concrete and steel containment vessel. The sodium is encased inside the reactor and cannot come into contact with anything outside the vessel. It's a sealed unit.

Only until there is an earthquake strong enough to unseal it. The current reactor was also placed within a concrete and steel reinforcement vessel....

more than 3 years ago
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I'd rather WikiLeaks concentrate on leaks about ...

UnHolier than ever Re:erm, all of the above (312 comments)

In as much as the political world is corrupt, it is because it departed from representing the will of the people and became a corporation itself. Therefore, corporate malfeasance, including when the government does it.

more than 3 years ago
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Does A Company Deserve the Same Privacy Rights As You?

UnHolier than ever Re:too easy (379 comments)

The US law says: "In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, unless the context indicates otherwise-- the words "person" and "whoever" include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals;".

Now, I agree with you that this is not a natural law. All it would take is a simple act of congress to change it. But, the law being what it is.... You can't argue in front of the supreme court that you think a law is wrong. To do that, you have to go to congress.

more than 3 years ago

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Go back to preindustrial carbon levels in 10 years

UnHolier than ever UnHolier than ever writes  |  more than 3 years ago

UnHolier than ever writes "The key to rolling back climate change could be the sun, according to George Washington University researchers who have demonstrated a carbon capture process called STEP that promises to use solar power to remove carbon dioxide from the air. As a bonus, the technique could generate a profitable product. Calculations showed that it is feasible with STEP carbon capture to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere to preindustrial levels within 10 years."
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Facebook 'considered harmful'

UnHolier than ever UnHolier than ever writes  |  more than 6 years ago

UnHolier than ever writes "Children growing up alongside the rise of social networking websites may have a "potentially dangerous" view of the world, says a leading psychiatrist. Dr Himanshu Tyagi said sites such as Facebook and MySpace may be harmful. He told the Royal College of Psychiatrists annual meeting people with active online identities might place less value on their real lives. And the West London Mental Health NHS Trust expert added this could raise the risk of impulsive acts or even suicide.

This is especially true when you consider the psychological implications of infecting your friends with virtual zombieness. The nightmares, they won't go away!"

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Apple to introduce new Ipod on wednesday

UnHolier than ever UnHolier than ever writes  |  more than 6 years ago

UnHolier than ever writes ""Apple is expected to unveil a revamp of its iPod line on Wednesday with the launch of a long-expected full or wide-screen, with touch control, version of the digital music player that is designed to bolster the group's reach in video. European journalists have been summoned by the California-based company to attend a briefing at the BBC's headquarters in London. The assembled reporters are to view a live broadcast of a presentation given by Steve Jobs, the Apple chief executive. ""
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Moderation is Currency

UnHolier than ever UnHolier than ever writes  |  about 7 years ago

UnHolier than ever writes "The new P2P software Tribler (mentioned here recently) uses bandwidth as a currency to ensure every user shoulders a fair share of the load. And it has taken its inspiration from the Slashdot moderation system! "Overlaid on Tribler is social networking technology that helps to police the system and encourage fair sharing. A passionate community was as effective at policing content as a central administrator, said Dr Pouwelse. "I was doing research back in 1999 looking at an obscure website called Slashdot," he said. "It was a technology-related news website controlled by volunteers and it actually worked. A few people would post bad things but 99% of users were nice.""
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Carlos Slim is richest man alive

UnHolier than ever UnHolier than ever writes  |  about 7 years ago

UnHolier than ever writes "According to Fortune Magazine, Carlos Slim as overtaken Bill Gates as the richest man alive. "The 67-year-old Slim has amassed a $59 billion fortune, based on the value of his public holdings at the end of July. This number puts him just ahead of perennial No. 1, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, whose net worth is estimated to be at least $58 billion. But Gates is selling off his single greatest source of wealth, Microsoft stock, to fund his foundation, while Slim's fortune is growing at a stunning clip. His net worth jumped $12 billion this year alone.""
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UnHolier than ever UnHolier than ever writes  |  more than 7 years ago

UnHolier than ever (803328) writes "A short article and interesting graph from the Economist. "America and China lead the world in terms of total losses from piracy at $7.2 billion and $5.4 billion respectively. But when calculated according to the number of computers in each country a different picture emerges. Cash-strapped countries dominate the leader board. In Azerbaijan, which comes out on top, computers are loaded with $262-worth of pirated software on average. But Iceland is the surprise second-placed nation" with about $220/computer."
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UnHolier than ever UnHolier than ever writes  |  more than 7 years ago

UnHolier than ever writes "The NYT (no registration needed for this article) runs an review of the five types of voting machines that are finalists to replace New York's old lever machines. The results? There is worst than Diebold. Worst as in keeping the "paper trace" ballots in a zipped bag in full view of anyone using the machine. They wisely recommend keeping the old machines until a device of at least acceptable quality appears on the market."
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UnHolier than ever UnHolier than ever writes  |  more than 7 years ago

UnHolier than ever writes "A nice piece of propaganda by "The Economist", not the likeliest source of Firefox praise. From the article:"After five years of frustration, the 600m of us around the world who, out of sheer laziness, ignorance or corporate decree, find ourselves dependent upon Internet Explorer — the Microsoft web browser that comes pre-installed on every Windows-based computer — have finally been granted some relief. Has the wait been worth it? No, but we'll take what we can get.""

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