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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

chuckugly Re:Let me get this right (826 comments)

Yeah, I was hasty - I meant monthly. Little more than 1% a year would pay a lot.

2 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

chuckugly Re:Let me get this right (826 comments)

Or just a flat annual/quarterly/whatever tax on the more than $200,000,000,000,000 in assets that Americans hold. A rate of $1 per $1000 annually would give a huge stack of money.

4 days ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

chuckugly Re:Why..... (259 comments)

Yup. I worked briefly for a business owner who was obligated in a divorce to split the profits of his machine shop business w/ the ex. The (already existing for liability reasons) corporations that he also controlled suddenly started charging the "real" business so much in lease fees (tools, plant) that it only turned a few thousand dollars a year in net net profit. A corporation that has many organs can make money flow as it wishes with a few simple "renegotiations".

4 days ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

chuckugly Re:Why..... (259 comments)

Here's a "for instance". Suppose a company like Google had a lot of IP, and decided to transfer the rights to that IP to a Swiss Google. Then the US Google may make an ass-ton of revenue, but the US Google has to pay the Swiss Google for the use of that IP, so the US Google has very little net profit to tax. Of course the Swiss Google is insanely profitable, but that's not something that the US can tax.

This is just for instance and the names and locales I picked are of course arbitrary, merely for the purpose of illustration.

5 days ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

chuckugly Re:Why..... (259 comments)

Taxes on revenues? Because they are not making any profit; that's how it works you see.

5 days ago
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Symantec To Separate Into Two Companies

chuckugly Re:Do people even use antivirus anymore? (86 comments)

I was willing to accept your assertion that it's good now. But 'it's been good for ten years'. Bullshit on you!

"The better part of a decade" would be anything more than 5 years. I'm sticking to facts here, I'm sorry if they don't line up with your preconceived notions.

about a week ago
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Symantec To Separate Into Two Companies

chuckugly Re:Do people even use antivirus anymore? (86 comments)

Why would it be 'rational' to go back to a company that has already demonstrated complete disregard for the user?

Since when is "responding to customer concerns with an effective fix" complete disregard for customers? It seems exactly the opposite. The product has tested well for protection and top or near top for performance for the better part of a decade now; holding onto some past injury for what (in tech) is essentially a century is not rational.

about a week ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

chuckugly Re:And? (367 comments)

Whereas being turned out to starve and/or be eaten by predators is sweet sweet freedom. Nutcase.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

chuckugly Re:outsource your wedding (445 comments)

Also eliminates the need for a lawyer/prenup. Win-win.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

chuckugly Re:outsource your wedding (445 comments)

And you can source the bride locally.

about a week ago
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Symantec To Separate Into Two Companies

chuckugly Re:Do people even use antivirus anymore? (86 comments)

It's true that the damage to their reputation from that era has been difficult to overcome, but people who are rational about it are slowing coming back and seeing things as they are; for them the stink washed out. Some customers it's really better to let someone else have anyway.

about a week ago
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Symantec To Separate Into Two Companies

chuckugly Re:Do people even use antivirus anymore? (86 comments)

They are very clear which version (consumer version) and the language and benchmarks are very clear. In the past I also had complaints about the performance of Norton AV, maybe 7-10 years ago it WAS very slow. Those issues were real and those complaints and concerns were addressed, to the point where the current versions are in fact among the highest performers in the market. I say good for them.

about two weeks ago
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Symantec To Separate Into Two Companies

chuckugly Re:Do people even use antivirus anymore? (86 comments)

Interesting theory, however Norton in particular is always near the top when it comes to having minimal impact on system performance in actual head to head testing. Again, believe as your anecdotes dictate.

about two weeks ago
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Symantec To Separate Into Two Companies

chuckugly Re:Do people even use antivirus anymore? (86 comments)

Research says typical customers stick around longer than that, but believe whatever makes you happy.

about two weeks ago
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Symantec To Separate Into Two Companies

chuckugly Re:What will the new divisions be like? (86 comments)

The storage business was too myopic to capitalize on cloud storage/'box' stuff and just plods along making profit margins that would be OK for a grocery chain but that are soso at best for the tech industry. Buying into that biz was a stupid idea, finally it's being undone.

about two weeks ago
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Symantec To Separate Into Two Companies

chuckugly Re:Do people even use antivirus anymore? (86 comments)

By use, I mean purchase ....

Summary says $4,200,000,000 last year, so I guess that's an answer for you.

about two weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

chuckugly Re:when the president does it (208 comments)

That is my (admittedly imperfect) understanding as well.

about two weeks ago

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