top Amazon, Google and Apple Won't Need To Pay Tax, Despite Goverment Threats
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 and a half ago
top FAA On Travel Delays: Get Used To It
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 and a half ago
top New Revenue Model For Low Budget Films: Lawsuits
While the lawsuit is silly, there is zero evidence that this was their revenue plan.
about a year and a half ago
top Should We Be Afraid of Google Glass?
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.
top Lamenting the Demise of Hangups
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.
top H&R Block Software Glitch To Delay 600,000 U.S. Tax Refunds
Considering the current rate I'm getting on my savings account, I'd just be giving a free loan to the banks instead!
top Lucas Says Ford, Fisher and Hamill May Return For Next Star Wars
These are not the actors you're looking for.
top North Korea Threatens US With Preemptive Nuclear Strike
>>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.
top US Attorney General Defends Handling of Aaron Swartz Case
Didn't you read? They spent thousands!
top Rand Paul Launches a Filibuster Against Drone Strikes On US Soil
Indeed. The media doesn't care about reporting people's beliefs, they care about reporting the horse race.
top Why Can't Intel Kill x86?
>>Computers long ago reached the point where they were fast enough.
I assure you, we software guys are working on this problem every day!
top Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers
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.
top Leaked: Obama's Rules For Assassinating American Citizens
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.
top Female Passengers Say They Were Targeted For TSA Body Scanners
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.
top Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?
Yes, if you are willing to give to a religious charity I recommend World Vision. They have a gift giving catalog which lets you donate school supplies, livestock, medicine, etc. There are some really unique giving opportunities:
top Congress's Techno-Ignorance No Longer Funny
But from which panel of experts? Let me tell you, we have panels of "experts" for every possible position.
top Goodbye Textbooks, Hello iPad
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.
top North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights
North Korean's celebrate Kwanza you insensitive clod!
top Will Windows 8 Be Ready For Release In 2012?
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.
top How To Avoid Infringing On Apple's Patents
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.
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