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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

edawstwin Re:Automation and jobs (617 comments)

It is an economic impossibility because everyone (well, enough people to make it matter) would just stop working and wait on their check.

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

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

Show me an alternative tax structure that doesn't lower the tax burden for corporations or high earners by passing it onto the middle class and I'll support it.

As I said, the poor would benefit.

And corporations do not pay taxes! Consumers already pay corporate taxes. Transferring how it's paid is a side-effect of a consumption tax. I'd argue that it's a beneficial side-effect, as it would be completely transparent, and there would be no more incentives for corporations to hide/shift income.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

Inequality isn't a problem because rich people MAKE more than poor people. We should encourage people to create as much wealth as possible. This is a semantic misdirection I can't help commenting on when I hear it. Rich people don't "make" more money than poor people. Rich people "get their hands on" more money than poor people.

Talk abut semantics. Everyone gets/receives/makes money in various ways. If you're using "make" as a term for earning money through wages, then most rich people "make" money. They may also make more money by investing money wisely, whether it be stocks, starting businesses, etc... If you think that rich people "get their hands on" money by just stealing it from the poor, you're delusional.

How would you rank these in terms of a) actual creation of value, and b) income? 1. A CEO 2. A lawyer 3. An engineer 4. A scientist Now rank them in terms of income.

That list is in its correct order for value and income in a free market. Can a scientist/engineer/lawyer organize and run a huge company composed of lawyers, engineers, and scientists? There's a reason that top CEOs get paid what they do. Without them, there is no functioning company. Sure, some or even most get paid what we think of as more than they're actually worth, but those companies are in a position to pay them so much because of their CEO. If they're not good enough, they get fired - it happens all of the time. Sure, plenty get exorbitant severance, but usually because they've negotiated that into their employment agreement, which anyone in the U.S., rich or poor, CEO or engineer, is free to do.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

And that's not an argument for not taxing corporate profits, it's an argument for closing stupid loopholes.

So implement a consumption tax, repeal all others, and there will be no loopholes. Then it won't matter where corporations are based, where they sell, etc...

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

A better idea is to tax wealth.

That will just encourage people to have no assets at all and go into debt.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

The sticking point is the "moving away" part. Can anyone seriously think with as hooked on spending as the government is that any form of tax would actually go away? It's far, far more likely that a consumption tax would be an "also" and not an "instead of".

Just tie any consumption tax legislation to the repeal of the 16th Amendment (in the U.S., of course).

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

The Fair Tax solves this by giving everyone a subsidy equal to the amount of taxes that would be paid at a certain income level (directly related to the poverty line, I believe). Everyone essentially pays no taxes on necessary food/housing/etc... So it's actually better for the poor than the middle and upper classes. I'm sure that most consumption tax proposals do something similar.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

Hopefully (probably?) what he means is that the only taxes are on consumption.

about a week ago
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Infected ATMs Give Away Millions of Dollars Without Credit Cards

edawstwin Re:This doesn't add up (83 comments)

Going back repeatedly is much more profitable.

about two weeks ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

edawstwin Endings are hard (127 comments)

None of the three endings to that game (I assume that you mean the original Deus Ex?) were particularly satisfying, and I think it's the greatest game ever produced. Endings are hard, as evidenced by The Sopranos, LOST, countless other video games, etc...

about three weeks ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

edawstwin Re:Perhaps a more elaborate hoax than we think (590 comments)

Maybe it was an elaborate hoax to publicize 4chan by publicizing an elaborate hoax to attack 4cahn.

Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.

about 1 month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

edawstwin Re:Solution (410 comments)

The Fair Tax (one sales tax proposal) fixes this by giving a stipend to everyone that's equivalent to taxes paid on necessities. So someone that makes at or below the poverty line will essentially pay no taxes (I don't remember what the exact number is, but I think the stipend was $5Kish, tied to inflation, of course), and someone who makes $200K will pay significantly more, but have the $5K they spent on necessities or so refunded.

Also, your percentage math is a bit off.

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

edawstwin Re:Corporate taxes (410 comments)

Let's fix the corporate tax evasion first please.

Let's fix corporate taxes first, so that there is no evasion.

about a month ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

edawstwin Re:Fuck Canadian content welfare system (324 comments)

Being overwhelmed with cheap American content doesn't assist in educating Canadians about Canadian values and awarenesses.

Why should this even remotely matter? It is not a government's job to educate its citizens about values that it wants to promote. In fact, that's an extraordinarily bad idea.

about a month ago
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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

edawstwin Re: Price of safety (64 comments)

Your "privacy" is not worth a human life.

Right. Because every crime takes a human life.

about a month ago
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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

edawstwin Re:Price of safety (64 comments)

The real question is "Is it worth invading privacy for any increase?" And, to be fair, it's an 8 percentage-point increase, or a 13% increase in accuracy.

about a month ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

edawstwin Re:'Pass it on to the consumer' (324 comments)

I don't think that you understand capitalism. The companies that will be affected (and indeed, every for-profit company, everywhere) already charge the most money that they can. I know some customers would theoretically pay more for any given item, but each company charges as much as possible for its products, regardless of its costs. If I own a company that makes a widget for $80 and can sell it for $100, I'll do that. I won't sell it for less because it would still be profitable. On the other hand, if my costs increase to $90 per widget, I can't suddenly charge $110 for the same item and keep the same level of income. Some customers, maybe even most, will stop buying the widget. If these companies now have to pay more taxes, many will move out of the higher-taxing countries completely, and some may just fold. Sure, some could probably afford to pay more taxes and still be profitable, but it certainly won't make their shareholders happy.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

edawstwin The benefits of specialization (548 comments)

I learned C++ first and just kind of learned various languages and technologies as the need arose, and now I know several languages and my projects have been widely varied. But I noticed that most of my peers who specialized were much more in demand, and therefore pretty much had their pick of jobs, made more money, and had better working conditions. The kind of specialization I'm referring to is learning something that less than ~5% of programmers know, but is still in some demand, and likely to be in demand in ten or twenty years. Or if you pick something that many programmers already know, learn the shit out of that one thing so that there aren't many others that have your level of knowledge in that one thing. In an interview, impressive knowledge of something specific is always better than just adequate knowledge of many things.

Also, learn how to be interviewed. It is a very valuable skill.

about 2 months ago

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