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

mkoenecke Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

That's right: for example, cost of goods sold is a deduction from gross income. So is business rent and utilities. Eliminating Schedule A itemized deductions (i.e., deductions from *net income*) is a relatively trivial simplification of the process. Sure, a flat tax may be somewhat simpler for most people who can file, say, a 1040-EZ or 1040A, but the vast, vast majority of tax issues and audits relate to what exactly constitutes net income. Can or should I deduct business-related meals? To what extent? Promotional expense? Sure, most would agree that office rent is a proper deduction, but who decides if a suite at the local ballpark for the purpose of marketing to clients is a legitimate, deductible business expense? What is the most effective way to amortize/depreciate capital assets and equipment? How about compensation? What's "reasonable?" That is indeed 99% of the complexity of the tax code, and would not be touched by a "flat tax."

about a month ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

mkoenecke Re:Good luck with that. (317 comments)

I have the same capability in my 2011 Infiniti G37. (Don't tell AARC!)

about 4 months ago
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Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

mkoenecke Re:What a quitter! (542 comments)

Actually, one theory is that instead of years they were referring to lunar months for the ages, which makes 900 equal to about 75 years. But what I was taught in theology was the numbers, like many numbers in the Bible, were symbolic, intended to symbolize the deteriorating moral state of Man.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Patent Trolls Seeking Wi-fi License Fees?

mkoenecke Re:Curious (347 comments)

Umm... exactly how are these types of legal debts not disposable by bankruptcy? IAAL, and as far as I know non-dischargeable debts are things like taxes, child support obligations, student loan debts, and secured debts (to the extent of the security).

about 2 years ago
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Dr. Richard Dawkins On Why Disagreeing With Religion Isn't Insulting

mkoenecke Re:Distinguishing conflict from disagreement (1152 comments)

Mea culpa: I now acknowledge that is not what Dawkins said in the interview. (As is practically accepted practice on Slashdot, I did not originally view the interview.) I was responding more to Dawkins's history and to what many antitheists commonly post on Slashdot. My point was, and is, that if the goal is to convince of the truth his approach is irrational. And that deploying irrational strategies to further reason is particularly ironic.

about 2 years ago
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Dr. Richard Dawkins On Why Disagreeing With Religion Isn't Insulting

mkoenecke Re:Distinguishing conflict from disagreement (1152 comments)

I assume the "load of rubbish" you are referring to is my statement that a true atheist should not characterize theists as ignorant hillbillies. My point is that is an irrational response to the issue: attitudes like yours do nothing to convince, but rather alienate. If your goal is to convince people of the truth, insulting them is counterproductive. And if you are not interested in convincing people of the truth, why are you bothering to engage with them at all?

about 2 years ago
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Dr. Richard Dawkins On Why Disagreeing With Religion Isn't Insulting

mkoenecke Re:Distinguishing conflict from disagreement (1152 comments)

It depends on what you are being accused of being ignorant of. Sure, I am profoundly ignorant of the things you are, and many, many more subjects; I have no problem admitting that. But if someone accuses me of being ignorant of basic scientific principles *because I am a theist*, that is insulting. Now, I acknowledge that is not what Dawkins said in the interview. Mea culpa: I was responding more to Dawkins's history and to what many antitheists commonly post on Slashdot.

about 2 years ago
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Dr. Richard Dawkins On Why Disagreeing With Religion Isn't Insulting

mkoenecke Re:Distinguishing conflict from disagreement (1152 comments)

Sorry, I should have clarified: I personally do not feel insulted. I'm well aware that many, if not most, participants on Slashdot think all theists are stupid and ignorant; that is their problem, not mine. I was commenting on how Dawkins's approach is, from a rational point of view, preaching to the choir, and utterly ineffectual in its stated purpose.

about 2 years ago
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Dr. Richard Dawkins On Why Disagreeing With Religion Isn't Insulting

mkoenecke Re:Distinguishing conflict from disagreement (1152 comments)

Don't have any current mod points, so I'll just comment: quite so. Disagreeing with someone is not insulting; *insulting* someone is insulting. Dawkins does plenty of the latter. Calling theists "ignorant" is indeed insulting when said theists are well-educated (even in evolution, which I learned as an accepted fact - in Catholic school), and quite well aware of your arguments. For what it's worth, I did read "The God Delusion," and found it trite: his arguments have been answered many times over. Certainly, to an atheist, the answers are not persuasive, but it is foolish to act as though theists are ignorant of the questions posed.

I'm quite sympathetic to the atheistic worldview, but it seems to me that a true atheist would accept the "God Delusion" as as much a product of evolution as tribal instincts, and focus on the advantages of moving past such a delusion, as opposed to characterizing those subject to the "delusion" as ignorant hillbillies. Rationally speaking, that mode of argument only appeals to those who agree with you already. Dawkins is more of an antitheist, or perhaps a "theophobe."

about 2 years ago
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Maybe With Help From Google and Adobe, Microsoft Can Kill Windows XP

mkoenecke Re:Kill XP? (405 comments)

Yes, it's the X64 version. I have that on my laptop; I have XP on my desktop. Sure, I only have about a year left of MS tech support, but I've always been my own tech support anyway and have never relied on MS. I already have a migration path mostly set for what is necessary, and am preparing for the day my desktop croaks. But I'm not in a screaming rush to replace it, either.

more than 2 years ago
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Maybe With Help From Google and Adobe, Microsoft Can Kill Windows XP

mkoenecke Re:Kill XP? (405 comments)

I still use XP on my business desktop because I have a few very old 16-bit programs (e.g., Corel InfoCentral) that I find very useful. Under Windows 7, these have to be run under a Windows XP virtual machine (either using VMWare of Windows 7 Pro's native facility). Although the virtual machine can work fairly seamlessly, it (1) is much slower to access these programs and (2) the does not integrate well with other programs. I do have 7 on my laptop, and it runs quite well, but my desktop machine, customized as it is with Windows PowerPro and Everything search, works just fine as is.

more than 2 years ago
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Diesel-Like Engine Could Boost Fuel Economy By 50%

mkoenecke Re:Redundant (721 comments)

Re: "Gasoline is not priced by supply and demand, it is priced by what the market will bear."

Ah. Controlled by the Trilateral Commission, no doubt. Or perhaps the Illuminati.

more than 2 years ago
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Marx May Have Had a Point

mkoenecke Re:Nothing to surprising (1271 comments)

"Greed" is defined as "excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions." Personally, I would define it as "wanting more than one deserves or is entitled to."

The trouble with this: who defines what is "excessive," or what a person "deserves" or "is entitled to?" Under professedly Communist regimes, that has always wound up being the government.

In reality, "greed" is simply the flip side of envy: a person who is "greedy" is someone who has a lot more stuff than I do, which is perceived as unfair. It is not an objective standard by any means.

Communism is fundamentally flawed not because people are "greedy," but because they naturally act in their own self interest,

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Finds New Life (This Afternoon)

mkoenecke Why NASA? (405 comments)

Is it only me who is wondering just what this has to do with Aeronautics and/or Space?

more than 3 years ago
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A Look Back At Kurzweil's Predictions For 2009

mkoenecke Re:I Predict... (307 comments)

Since you said "seriously," I'll answer. Because otherwise no one would invest in any business that they were not personally operating. Suppose you own some shares in a mutual fund. Is it reasonable to hold you personally responsible for actions of businesses whose stock you hold? Exxon has millions of shareholders. Is it reasonable to track down each one of them and shake them down for the costs of the Exxon Valdez cleanup? How many of them had any *control* over Exxon's corporate policies?

Limited liability is an essential component of having any sort of industry beyond the cottage level. How likely would you be to invest $10,000 in a startup business if you knew you would be personally liable for all the business's debts if it failed?

more than 5 years ago
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Is Comcast Heading the Way of the Dinosaur?

mkoenecke Re:Bah! (340 comments)

"Federal rental law?" Chuckle.

more than 6 years ago

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