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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

crioca Re:Not the only strategy (321 comments)

You mean, like Canada? It has a 26% rate, compared the US's 40% rate. Yeah, third-world hell holes like Canada always whore around with those low numbers, right?

The nominal tax rate is immaterial, it's the effective tax rate that's the material factor.

3 days ago

Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

crioca Re:what was the SCORE? (81 comments)

did FOR beat AGAINST?

Only in terms of numbers, in terms of net worth Against had it by a landslide.

about a week ago

Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

crioca Re:Cash (111 comments)

A couple of months back I payed for a bunch of Ikea stuff with 10 $100 notes. It was so cash. Literally.

about two weeks ago

New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

crioca Re:central storage or n^x security guard costs / s (191 comments)

It's about damned time we started building new nukes

I've been a proponent of nuclear power for years, but given how fast the cost of solar power has been falling, I think the time for investing heavily in nuclear power has passed.

about three weeks ago

UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

crioca Re:stealing identity (74 comments)

I can’t say I agree, but regardless there’s plenty of other uses for a database of 16000 criminals.

about three weeks ago

Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

crioca Re:And there you are (465 comments)

The real denialists are, and always have been, the ones who think science is never to be questioned.

I hear Creationists using that line a lot.

about a month ago

Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

crioca Re:This will be a thoughtful, productive discussio (465 comments)

Well, i guesd i'm one of your denialist because i have yet to hear an explanation to why all the sudden a long standing natural occurance is given more weight than when it previously naturally occured which was forever. Well, i taje that back. I have yet to hear an explaination that isn't convoluted and makes me laugh.

You mustn't of been listening very hard then, because the concern is that this "long standing natural occurrence" is being unnaturally accelerated and during other times when it "previously naturally occurred" at accelerated rates it resulted in mass extinction and damage to biodiversity.

about a month ago

Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

crioca Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (465 comments)

Scientists can speculate and debate as much as they want whether it's getting warmer or colder. The issue with the global warming debate is the political demands to translate the science into specific actions,

So you want to keep performing scientific research, but not use that research to inform our actions? That's... genius.

often by scientists who have no qualifications in economics or politics.

Oh yeah, that's a real problem with a lot of political systems; too many scientists making policy and not enough career politicians and business lobbyists. Haw haw haw.

about a month ago

Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

crioca Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)


So that when they do things like fire tear gas at journalists, there's no one with a phone out to record it.

about a month ago

Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

crioca Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

I can't imagine this being useful to any sort of authoritarian power in any regular way.

I'd say you lack imagination then, because the first thing that came to my mind was "Boy I bet the police in Ferguson would love to be able to disable people's phones right now."

Used on people en masse it'd be a great way for governments impede and control the flow of information around all sorts of events.

about a month ago

$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

crioca We can use this: (231 comments)

Combine this with the fact that police are much more likely to arrest black people and I think we just found a way to address the systemic poverty of black Americans...

about 1 month ago

Historians Rediscover Einstein's Forgotten Model of the Universe

crioca Re:But we ain't gonna have a Big Cruch, right ? (35 comments)

No, we're not going to have a Big Crunch, as far as we can be certain of anything. As TFA says Einstein and De Sitter published an updated model a year later that went with the "expanding universe" theory.

about a month ago

Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

crioca Re:begs FFS (186 comments)

Give up. Language evolves.

Yes it does, and asifyoucare is contributing to that evolution.

about a month ago

Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

crioca Re:It's tinfoil time! (232 comments)

I think using this technology in this context is a net negative as it's eventually going to be used against activists, whistle blowers and other individuals that are insufficiently patriotic, not to mention the potential for abuse and hacking.

Does that make me a tinfoil hat wearer?

about a month ago

Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

crioca Re:Of course (141 comments)

Was literally having a serious work discussion about hacking fridges yesterday. There are a few ways internet enabled fridges could be hacked for profit or for "the lulz"

1. The fridge could be used for pivoting> into your network

2. If the fridge is able to automatically purchase food for you, the payment system could be abused

3. If the fridge is able to automatically purchase food for you, the ordering system could be abused.

4. It could be used to disable the cooling system

5. It could be used as part of a botnet

But the main issue is the potential for brand damage; All it takes is for one overblown headline like "Hackers can use X Manufacturer fridges to Y your Z" to go viral and your company is out millions of dollars in sales.

about a month ago

Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

crioca Re:Chrome? (436 comments)

I haven't; can you answer linuxguy's question?

about 2 months ago

A Brief History of Patenting the Wheel: What Goes Around Comes Around

crioca Australian Wheel Patent (36 comments)

On closer inspection the Australian patent that was granted is less absurd than it seems, as it was more of a quasi-patent:

Innovation patents last for a maximum of 8 years, whereas standard patents last for maximum of 20 years

Innovation patents are granted without examination, usually within 1 to 3 months,

whereas standard patents are examined only after paying the examination fee, and usually take 2 to 4 years.

After an innovation patent has been granted, the owner or any person may request examination, and such examination must occur before the owner can commerce or threaten to commence infringement proceedings.

about 2 months ago

China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

crioca Re:Another very good reason... (192 comments)

Uh, are you sure about that? Because the number of nuclear weapons held by China isn't known.

about 3 months ago

$3000 GeForce GTX TITAN Z Tested, Less Performance Than $1500 R9 295X2

crioca Re:So glad it's over (151 comments)

I'm so glad that I got the gaming bug out of my system when a ridiculously-priced video card was $300, and mainstream cards were in the $90-160 range... This is ridiculous.

That's still pretty much the case; the difference today is that some people make, or try to make, their living off playing & broadcasting their gameplay. This means they need to be able to run the latest games at the highest specs, record and livestream all at the same time without missing a beat.

about 3 months ago

Protecting Our Brains From Datamining

crioca Lets all take a step back to appreciate this: (100 comments)

This information is undoubtedly being caught up in the global surveillance dragnet, which means that government agents are literally spying on people's brainwaves. The most hackneyed conspiracy trope of all time is now a hilarious reality.

about 4 months ago


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