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Amazon, Google and Apple Won't Need To Pay Tax, Despite Goverment Threats

makubesu Re:Government didn't earn the money (327 comments)

This kind of thinking is precisely what is needed to solve these tax problems. Why does the government tax a percentage of profit? Instead, think of it as payments for a service. You have a factory full of computers? Well we the government are protecting that factory with our military, so you should pay a tax based on the value of that factory. You are hiring workers? Well we the government educated them at our schools, so you should pay a per worker tax. Utilizing our public road system means customers can come to your store and buy things? Maybe we'll have some sort of utility sales tax. Also, imagine if those taxes could only be spent on precisely those programs. How quick would we be to go to war if corporations new their military protection taxes were going up?

about a year ago

FAA On Travel Delays: Get Used To It

makubesu Re:Sequestration is a gimmick (720 comments)

The only reason we are "spending more" this year is because mandatory entitlement programs (unaffected by the sequester) are included in the federal budget.

about a year ago

New Revenue Model For Low Budget Films: Lawsuits

makubesu Conspirator indeed (162 comments)

While the lawsuit is silly, there is zero evidence that this was their revenue plan.

about a year and a half ago

Should We Be Afraid of Google Glass?

makubesu Re:Google OWNS you (307 comments)

I think there is hope here though. Like you said, Google is an advertising company. Every research project they do is based on getting more data on you so that they can better target advertisements. But surely there is a limit to this. When google starts getting hit with diminishing returns they'll stop collecting more detailed data.

about a year and a half ago

Lamenting the Demise of Hangups

makubesu Why are we blaming smart phones? (215 comments)

Has the author never seen a cordless phone? You know, what practically everyone who still uses a land line has? You can't hang that up either. In fact, the only thing keeping the aggressive hang up going was the flip hone.

about a year and a half ago

H&R Block Software Glitch To Delay 600,000 U.S. Tax Refunds

makubesu Re:I read that as... (104 comments)

Considering the current rate I'm getting on my savings account, I'd just be giving a free loan to the banks instead!

about a year and a half ago

Lucas Says Ford, Fisher and Hamill May Return For Next Star Wars

makubesu Re:Uh, oh... (253 comments)

These are not the actors you're looking for.

about a year and a half ago

North Korea Threatens US With Preemptive Nuclear Strike

makubesu Re:First strike! (727 comments)

>>China would love the excuse to outright take NK.

What makes you think this? Does NK have some resources that China highly values? Better to have a buffer between you and American troops.

about a year and a half ago

US Attorney General Defends Handling of Aaron Swartz Case

makubesu Re:Same DOJ That (276 comments)

Didn't you read? They spent thousands!

about a year and a half ago

Rand Paul Launches a Filibuster Against Drone Strikes On US Soil

makubesu Re:The enemy of my enemy (693 comments)

Indeed. The media doesn't care about reporting people's beliefs, they care about reporting the horse race.

about a year and a half ago

Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

makubesu Re:A hard time keeping on the forefront? (605 comments)

>>Computers long ago reached the point where they were fast enough.

I assure you, we software guys are working on this problem every day!

about a year and a half ago

Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers

makubesu Re:Cost to much to be old (617 comments)

And why shouldn't they? It's a business, not a charity. The problem is it isn't just about base salary. It's about the other restrictions that keep H1B workers tied to the company. Give these foreign workers the same flexibility as Americans, and older domestic workers who are willing to take a pay cut will get back to being competitive.

about a year and a half ago

Leaked: Obama's Rules For Assassinating American Citizens

makubesu We need to talk big ideas. (800 comments)

Let's cut the crap about totalitarianism. Do you think Obama wants to be a despot? Do you think Bush did? The real issue here is that the America people have given their president a mission that he does not have the powers to complete. The world is changing. We can't declare war on our enemies anymore. We can't identify them by the colors they're wearing. Now we're directing our government to put down organizations that exist in many different countries and feature people of many nationalities (even American citizens!). Our institutions were not designed to fight this kind of war. We must design them. We should be passing a constitutional amendment that handles these sorts of situations. There should be a dialogue going on where we the people determine what values should be involved. We need new, big ideas for a new world. Unfortunately, we don't want to discuss big ideas anymore. Everything needs to be pushed away while we stick to talking points and bureaucracy. As a result, the president is making these decisions on his own behind closed doors. This is unacceptable. It's a shame too, because I'm sure we could reach a broad consensus. But until we're willing to have adult conversations about these things, our government will continue to change in the shadows.

about a year and a half ago

Female Passengers Say They Were Targeted For TSA Body Scanners

makubesu Re:OPT OUT (572 comments)

Why would an attractive woman not get the same pat down as an attractive man? Pat downs are done by members of the same gender.

more than 2 years ago

Congress's Techno-Ignorance No Longer Funny

makubesu Re:They don't want to (477 comments)

But from which panel of experts? Let me tell you, we have panels of "experts" for every possible position.

more than 2 years ago

Goodbye Textbooks, Hello iPad

makubesu Re:why wait until the prof tells you to open it? (396 comments)

Yes but in this case you should be allowed to pick your own textbook - preferably the ones that go for pennies at a used book store. That's how the class I just finished TAing went. The professor gave a list of suggested books, but a student could use whatever they wanted.

more than 2 years ago

North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights

makubesu Re:Easy Solution (441 comments)

North Korean's celebrate Kwanza you insensitive clod!

more than 2 years ago

Will Windows 8 Be Ready For Release In 2012?

makubesu Re:Win8 is a non-event (504 comments)

Points 2 and 3 maybe, but 1? Do you think companies make decisions by reading tea leaves? Do they only upgrade their servers when a black cat crosses their paths? Pure superstition.

more than 2 years ago

How To Avoid Infringing On Apple's Patents

makubesu Re:obvious choices (323 comments)

I'm no fan of apple's position, but let's be honest about Samsung: they designed the galaxy to look like the iPad. The iPad is what was selling, it was the design people like, so they used the same one. It's none of this crap about independently reaching the same conclusion.

more than 2 years ago


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