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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

aussie_a Re:Apple is the highest tax payer (158 comments)

No, not all companies do it. Most companies in fact don't do it. Only those who are big enough to afford to do it get to do it. The rest of them are stuck paying more (comparative to their earnings) than all of the successful companies.

about a month ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

aussie_a Re:Good for them (158 comments)

I'd prefer a world where we as a society demanded that everyone follow the spirit of the law and publicly punished those who refused to. I realise we don't live in such a world, but I'm not going to say "I don't see the problem" for people doing the legal thing rather than the moral thing.

about a month ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

aussie_a Re:Shame, shame! (158 comments)

What do you mean by "legally obligated to pay"?

Do you mean that you declare all of the tax deductions that you can without having to provide evidence? For example in Australia you can declare traveling expenses up to X dollars without having to provide any proof whatsoever (expenses over X dollars require that you keep receipts in the event that your audited). would be paying the exact same amount even if I didn't use it for work purposes.

Now legally your not allowed to declare those traveling expenses without actually incurring them. However there is 0 chance you'll get caught because the tax man doesn't require you to provide proof as long as you remain below a certain threshold. So do you consider lying about those tax deductions to be "legal"? Is refusing to lie about them "paying more than your legally obligated to pay"?

What about expenses that you claim are for work? For example I'm required to have a working internet connection so that I can provide remote assistance in the event an emergency happens. Now I could try to claim that my internet connection is therefore a work expense, except the truth is that I would have that internet connection no matter what and I could just walk 10 minutes down the road and actually enter the building physically to deal with any issues. Morally my wage is not impacted by using my internet connection for work. Legally, I might be able to get away with claiming a percentage for tax purposes.

about a month ago
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Psychiatrists Cast Doubt On Biomedical Model of Mental Illness

aussie_a Re: Would most people be better off undiagnosed? (329 comments)

I suffer from major depression. When I go off my mess I feel like crap. I stop being able to concentrate and I feel overwhelming hopelessness. On the wrong medication I was failing basic courses at uni. On the right medication I got credit/distinctions on average and have not only held down a job for 3 years but excelled at it.

I have gone off my medication in the past because I wasn't convinced that the problem was chemical rather than environmental. When I go off my medication I'm sometimes fine for months. But eventually things get worse. I've been on the same medication for 4 years now, I've yet to have any issues.

I explored several options before settling on medication. Even then I explored the possibility that the depression was environmental or situational. I've been proven wrong each time.

Are some people incorrectly medicated? Definitely. But the idea no-one needs this medication to live a fulfilling life is reckless and ill informed.

about a year and a half ago
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France Demands Skype Register As a Telco

aussie_a Re:As anal as France is.... (209 comments)

the Us's firsts and oldest ally, btw.

If only the English language between the USA's first and oldest ally.

about 2 years ago
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France Demands Skype Register As a Telco

aussie_a Re:As anal as France is.... (209 comments)

What's the difference between a dead american and a living one? It's much easier to get along with the dead one.

about 2 years ago
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High Tech Vending Machines Transform IT Support At Facebook

aussie_a Re:I find it more effective (210 comments)

How grubby are facebook employees? I've had maybe five broken keyboards in the past 3 years. One of them was from a spilled drink onto the keyboard. That's 0.3 people a year due to a spilled drink. Now sure, we only have 250 staff. So let's assume facebook has 30,0000 staff. That's 40 keyboards a year. I can't believe these vending machines are cheaper then ordering 40 keyboards a year.

Just how messy are facebook employees to need enough keyboards due to coffee spills? Is it an American thing?

about 2 years ago
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Foxconn Workers On Strike Over iPhone 5 Production

aussie_a Re:Good for them! (184 comments)

I imagine many American businesses would give China their business on the basis that China shoots strikers. It's one way to keep strikes to a minimum.

more than 2 years ago
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FAA Permits American Airlines To Use iPads In Cockpit "In All Phases of Flight"

aussie_a Re:An iPad within inches of the instrument panel.. (372 comments)

So will they wake any sleeping passengers as well? Of course not. This argument makes no sense whatsoever based on the behaviour of the flight crew.

more than 2 years ago
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FAA Permits American Airlines To Use iPads In Cockpit "In All Phases of Flight"

aussie_a Re:Electronics (372 comments)

Too bad for you we're going to continue to read books. Not once has the crew asked me not to do that.

more than 2 years ago
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Earliest Americans Arrived In Waves, DNA Study Finds

aussie_a Re:Thought that term had faded out (131 comments)

That's why I been saying we should call them black fellas. It clears up a whole lotta confusion

more than 2 years ago
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If You Resell Your Used Games, the Terrorists Win

aussie_a Re:used or bust (423 comments)

I'm happy to buy DRM'd products (as long as they're reasonable. Unreasonable DRM such as requiring I always be online is going too far). I'll also happily download un-DRM'd copies of the games should my bought copy ever stop working.

I feel this is ethical as I am supporting the company while ensuring I gain the entertainment I desire.

If games are priced reasonably (in Australia I can get Mass Effect 3 for $79 for the PC. That might seem unreasonable to Americans, but in Australia $100 and below has been the standard price for years) I'm happy to buy the original. If they're unreasonable ($120+) I'll look for used copies.

I've all but given up on consoles for 2 reasons. 1) I find it much easier to play modern games with a keyboard and mouse. This isn't the main reason though. I had initially given up on games completely before I discovered I could play them on PCs. The main reason is (2) I'm tired of the upgrade games Sony keeps playing. The PS2 was a worthy investment as it could play my PS1 games. The original PS3 was a worthy investment because it could play my PS1 and PS2 games. It's doubtful the PS4 will had backwards compatibility (based on the PS3 life-cycle) and so I'm getting off this roller-coaster while I'm still ahead.

Also making legally owned backups of games that are playable on a PS4 will be quite difficult and even possibly illegal.

more than 2 years ago
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Maybe the FAA Gadget Ban On Liftoff and Landing Isn't So Bad

aussie_a Re:If it really were only a few moments... (414 comments)

Can you point to an FAA regulation mandating my book not be in my hands? Because without that this is something the airline enforces, and I've never seen an airline enforce it for a book (iPad, yes. Book, no).

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 and Screen Resolution: WXGA Still Most Popular

aussie_a Re:Affordable? (382 comments)

You romantic son of a gun,

more than 2 years ago
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PETA To Launch Pornography Website

aussie_a Re:Immoral Dilemma (348 comments)

I'm willing to have sex with women I'm not related to, even though they mit be someone's mother or sister. Just because someone happens to be a daughter doesn't mean younshouldntreat your daughter the way you treat them.

Same thing with a porno.

more than 3 years ago
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Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo

aussie_a Re:What an ass (689 comments)

there are no atheism-motivated wars or ethnic cleansings.

You may be wrong on that front actually

Also the Cold War was partly motivated by atheism (it was more motivated by economic principles, but religion was thrown in on the Russian's side at least).

Before you say "that's only one time!" How many powerful atheist dominated societies have there been? I don't think us atheists really have anything to be proud of.

more than 3 years ago
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Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo

aussie_a Re:What an ass (689 comments)

Now, what percent of internet atheists post smug shit every time they see a shadow of an opportunity?

So you're comparing the actions of reasonable people to the actions of those found on the internet? Talk about a double standard.

What percent of people, in your day to day life, throw their religion in your face?

I'd say about 5% of the religious people I know throw it in my face, and about 2% of the atheists throw it in my face.

Now, what percent of internet atheists post smug shit every time they see a shadow of an opportunity?

Well I can say a ENORMOUS percept of religious people post smug shit every time they see a shadow of an opportunity, and about an equal percent of atheists do as well.

See how the comparisons work out to be roughly equal when you compare valid samples?

more than 3 years ago
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Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo

aussie_a Re:What an ass (689 comments)

You really think the Flying Spaghetti Monster argument has any effect on them?

Read the fucking article. This is about how 1 man challenged the law concerning religious headgear, using the Flying Spaghetti Monster argument as his tool to open up a debate on the issue. This has hit the mainstream media. People who read this will now question their current position on the argument. They may not change their position, but they will be at least consider it, if only for a second.

more than 3 years ago
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How the Web's Relationship With Anonymity Has Changed

aussie_a Re:A challenge (172 comments)

Oh anyone that knew me could definitely identify me if they saw your post. But random people on the internet can't even with all that.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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aussie_a aussie_a writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aussie_a writes "Myst Online: Uru Live has entered its final beta phase with it heralding the beginning of a preview storyline for the online game. Myst Online: Uru Live moves away from the typical leveling found in online games in favor of a compelling story which is told through venues such as an in character website coupled with the puzzles that are a hallmark of the Myst franchise."
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aussie_a aussie_a writes  |  more than 8 years ago

aussie_a writes "The BBC has an article on online bullying in South Korea. The problem has grown so large that in addition to the police having dedicated cyber terror units, the South Korean government will enact a law next year forcing South Koreans to reveal their name and ID before posting online. However some ISPs want the government to go further and to ban some people from being able to log onto the internet at all."
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aussie_a aussie_a writes  |  more than 8 years ago

aussie_a writes "The BBC has a report on how Google's revenue is climbing to overcome commercial television. Although this isn't good news for television stations that rely on ad revenue, as they are finding companies are turning towards Google instead. One of the main attractions of Google over traditional television is that Google is able to better tracking in the effectiveness of their ads. It is becoming apparent in the UK that television needs to evolve, however no-one is sure how it can."
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aussie_a aussie_a writes  |  more than 8 years ago

aussie_a writes "Dave Kellet of the popular comic, Sheldon, has recently announced has recently announced he will be leaving Comics.com and moving Sheldon to it's own website on the 7th of November. The main features of the new website will be an increased participation between readers and the creator, along with over 7 years worth of strips being made available for free. This is a significant increase from the 30 most recent strips Comics.com allows readers to freely view."

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50 Gmail Invites giveaway

aussie_a aussie_a writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I have 50 gmail invites to give away. You can e-mail me (I have at it next to my name) and I'll update my sig as I give them away.

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Gmail Invite Challenge

aussie_a aussie_a writes  |  more than 10 years ago The point to this is to hand out a gmail invite to the person who completes a challenge you set. The challenge may involve finding some obscure tid-bit on a website to posting a picture with Kerry holding some corn. Anyone can post a challenge. The idea is similar to gmail swap, but I don't get anything in return. (Also feel free to put a link in your signature).

Here's one from me:
In the game ArmageddonMUD which race primarily speaks Allundean? First person to answer gets a free invite. If you put up an answer provide your e-mail address (although feel free to disguise it such as having lysm@___h__o__t__m__ail.com delete the _).

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