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Here's What Your Car Could Look Like In 2030

sethstorm In other words, no real change. (144 comments)

Either way, it means fancy golfcarts for most of us, while the policymaking environmentalist nomenklatura drive whatever they want.

Yes, there's a problem with that.

4 days ago
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Ohio College Building Indoor Drone Pavilion

sethstorm So DoD stuff is "liberal"? (42 comments)

(Not sure if parent poster is serious, but oh well)

It might be good to encourage the growth and accessibility to Dayton's remaining/growing industries instead of discouraging it. Unless you've been oblivious to the events of the last 10-15 years in the Miami Valley, you would notice that Dayton is missing some high-profile employers. Sinclair's program would do well to give greater access to the aerospace industry for people not fortunate enough to immediately get accepted to the University of Dayton or Wright State.

Besides, you'd have to call the University of Dayton's aerospace partnership with GE (the Episcenter) "liberal" as well.

If you're happy in Houston doing work with the oil industry (or even aerospace), I have nothing against you. I only speak of this for seeing what Dayton has been (an area led by manufacturing/electronics companies like NCR and GM) and what it will become (an area led by employers in technologically-intensive industries).

4 days ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

sethstorm The US already is a civilized First World country. (325 comments)

Well, we treat them like crap. On top of that they come here and find that they have very few opportunities to advance any more. Why would they want to come here? They'd be better off going to a civilized first-world country rather than the third-world construct we are trying so hard to make the US into.

It might not be a cultural fit for you, but it is a good fit for over 300m citizens (less amnestied illegals).

Unlike other countries, US property is respected enough to not need legions of gated communities. Other countries have them in quantities large enough to suggest that property is not respected(SE Asia) or to show mass contempt for their citizenry(e.g. Russia).

In addition, citizens enjoy more personal freedoms (despite what some thinktanks would claim) than nearly any other country in the world. For example, self-defense with a firearm is encouraged in many parts of the country(not just Texas), when many parts of the world wish to restrict it. In addition, speaking up against politicians is not followed by a disappearance, house arrest, or defamation charge.

As for the complaints about non-citizens not being treated properly, that comes with any civilized country. Guest workers and illegals are just the next tiers below temporary/contingent/casual employment.

4 days ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

sethstorm Good, more opportunity for citizens. (325 comments)

The talent is already here, just that it resides with citizens (full and naturalized) of the United States of America. Where it does not exactly exist, citizens are more likely to start from a competent, trainable background - unlike the majority of guest workers. The only problem is that employers see freedom as a cost when someone else has it as opposed to a benefit when held by an employer.

More good would be done by repealing the 1965 Immigration Act and removing the regulations it enabled. Then if someone is really worth it, they will pursue citizenship. If we're lucky, pass a federal version of Arizona's SB1070 to put some fear into illegals and those who aid/abet/hire/contract them.

4 days ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

sethstorm The problem is that they use antiquated capping. (144 comments)

The rules prohibited ISPs from interfering with internet traffic, except as a last resort, and urged them to instead combat network congestion with “economic measures” such as new investment or usage limits.

The problem is that the usage limits do not enhance innovation, but serve to squelch it. Remove that avenue and things would be ifne.

about two weeks ago
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US DOE Sets Sights On 300 Petaflop Supercomputer

sethstorm Lies, damn lies, and claims from China == same (127 comments)

If the world stands still, the U.S. may conceivably regain the lead in supercomputing speed from China with these new systems

It's kind of hard to regain something you didn't truly lose to China.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

sethstorm Then fix that. (158 comments)

First option:
Turn up the heat on the countries that aid and abet such evasion, such that they end up quitting the practice voluntarily. Offer to exchange information on theirs to gain wider cooperation.

Second option:
If cooperation cannot be attained, then take governmental action within the IRS to penalize such activity (as far as they can go). That doesn't mean taking a page out of Nixon or Obama, but to use any legal and Constitutionally approved means to stop the evasion.

Third option:
Start playing hardball through other legal means in other governmental entities. Their tax structure and obstinacy is enough justification. Offer large tax cuts that have a condition of taking a visible penalty or reward for tax structures.

Final (if nothing else at all works and something must be done) option:
The DoD does something outside of the US and K Street won't know the full implications until the public has a need to know.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

sethstorm Apple's creative accounting != your 1040. (158 comments)

Creative accounting and structuring implies an actively hostile posture towards the IRS as opposed to getting the last dollar out of your 1040.

You're doing it for the extra dollar, with negligible free-rider problems
Apple's doing it with the intent of having its cake and eating it, which creates a large free-rider problem.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

sethstorm ...for Barry Bonds asterisk values of "should" (158 comments)

They're paying what they should be paying.

Only with such structured evasion.

Yes, evasion in a manner that the IRS would do well to re-evaluate. No, it's not on the same level as what one might do with a regular tax return.

You may notice that the US is trying to tax businesses for doing business in the US, and also tax US businesses for doing business outside the US. US businesses are simply moving their non-US business outside the US, which is where it is anyway.

The problem occurs when US operations are made to look like non-US operations, creating a very harmful free-rider situation. They are getting US protections and services without the requisite revenue paid to the US.

In addition, it is the only effective way to pursue structured revenue, especially when the US has a few world-leading departments under the DoD to help.

about two weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

sethstorm Sorry victimologists, not going to happen. (834 comments)

This needs to stop, and while it's impossible to prevent all forms of harassment from occurring online, we can start by creating a culture that shames individuals who cross the bounds of decency.

Does this include shaming individuals that fake their own threats, such as Anita Sarkeesian and silence any attempts to call them out?

Similarly, it is never acceptable to dox, harass, post nude pictures, or in any other way violate someone's privacy due to disagreement with their opinions.

Does that include the kinds of harassment performed by Chelsea "Zoe Quinn" van Valkenberg, Sarkeesian, and the like? Or is it OK if they do it, but not if anyone else calls them on it?

about two weeks ago
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Espionage Campaign Targets Corporate Executives Traveling Abroad

sethstorm China is proven, Snowden only has allegations (101 comments)

I guess you didn't read the Snowden allegations

FTFY.

If you think the USA is somehow on a moral high ground here, I really wonder why.

See my title - China has been proven to do it while Snowden hasn't even gone to a US court. The only people that think that the US has lost any moral ground are those that oppose the US, and/or additionally support Snowden's allegations.

about three weeks ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

sethstorm Only if you count illegal activity (161 comments)

Miami has more entrepreneurial activity per capita than silicon valley

Only if you count trackable, legal activity.

about three weeks ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

sethstorm That just means they genuflect towards business (161 comments)

Probably why the company is in Florida, the state that sacrifices everyone else to you if you run a business.

about three weeks ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

sethstorm ...which is exchanging for less security. (284 comments)

So is the alternative, the defined-contribution model.

You get less overall performance and casino-like odds on returns.

about a month ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

sethstorm You know nothing on compulsory streaming. (143 comments)

Presuming conventional admissions cases to secondary level institutions, yes.

At the secondary level(or what goes on after the 9th/8th year), people are streamed into rigid tracks that discourage and delay upward movement.

about a month ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

sethstorm No, thank immigration law fraud/abuse for that. (143 comments)

Nothing wrong with Europe's system

So you're fine with having someone's life be divined on the scoring of a few track-determining tests? The US system doesn't have that flaw.
One can improve your academic performance at any time, get a recommendation, and then move up to Honors/AP. Try that in compulsory streaming and you end up going through an entire lower track before your performance is recognized.

Europe and Asia schools teach the three "R"s, while here in the US, the kids are taught the three "C"s (conform, comply, consume.) The K-12 system is designed to get kids on the edge into jail until age 18 (23 in California) so that private prison companies can make some cash from holding them

I guess you went to a van der Snoot Academy, since you have a high disdain for public schools. Good public schools (yes, the ones run by governments) do exist and they do send people to very good places (even Ivies!).

This is why in college engineering departments, STEM majors are usually non-Americans, since H1-b/L-1/etc. guest worker programs make it non-profitable to pursue them.

FTFY.

about a month ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

sethstorm Re:The US-hating world lied to you with test flaws (143 comments)

Any conclusions so far about tests can safely be considered as flawed since they do not take admission type into account. That is, an educational system that takes everybody is penalized while more selective systems (Asia, Europe) do not.

about 1 month ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

sethstorm You cite flawed PISA/etc. studies. (143 comments)

Controlling for access methods (US all-access versus Asian compulsory streaming for example) would show something a bit less favorable to Asia. Never mind that the test score in Asia leaves no room for improvement - it simply forces you on one track.

about 1 month ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

sethstorm Just another excuse to avoid US citizens. (553 comments)

There seems to be a general "throw everything and the kitchen sink" response by employers against US citizens, while bending over backwards for foreign/guest workers. The only worry an employer has in this respect is that someone calls them out on the fraud.

about a month ago

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