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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

the grace of R'hllor Re:Rather than address the underlying problem (323 comments)

I... well, yes. Having read up to get ahead of my stereotypes, I have to concede you are correct, on pretty much all counts. Thanks for the rebuttal.

2 days ago

New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

the grace of R'hllor Re:Rather than address the underlying problem (323 comments)

Switzerland survives because its main export is untraceable (sort-of) banking. Ireland is still close to being financially untenable. Not exactly worthy models to emulate. No one is served by a race to the bottom.

5 days ago

New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

the grace of R'hllor Re:Not the only strategy (323 comments)

And this amendment to international agreements would force countries to lower their corporate taxes to actually be desirable to companies that want to do business within it. This has as consequences that corporate tax income will remain mostly constant, since the lower taxes will be paid by more corporations, while every non-multinational company will basically be getting a tax break, thus stimulating your own nation's economy at the level where it'll do some good: The local level.

The countries it'll hurt are, for example, my own. The Netherlands isn't tax-less, but we do have corporate tax laws which make us suitable for tax avoidance.

5 days ago

Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

the grace of R'hllor Re:We call this propaganda. (191 comments)

Well, you certainly bumped up the IQ in this thread.

5 days ago

Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

the grace of R'hllor Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

In addition to Germany's near strict-liability laws, which mean a driver is virtually always at fault in case of accidents with non-drivers, I'd like to point out the following:
- Most of Germany's road system is non-Autobahn. People are used to driving with restrictions. And are going to be nervously looking about to slam into them with a 100+kph speed difference.
- If you drive faster than the recommended maximum (130-140kph) and there's an accident, regardless of who caused it, your insurance company will try to blame you to at least some degree.
- They drive regular cars, with regular 5 speed gearboxes, for the most part.

That all means Germans tend, as a rule, to not go much faster than normal highway speeds, and yet pay attention more than on other roads.

about a week ago

High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

the grace of R'hllor Re: Great one more fail (596 comments)

If you don't report it when your lethal weapon is stolen, you deserve to go to jail.

about a week ago

Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

the grace of R'hllor Re:Alibaba Is Useless (97 comments)

So you told him to learn Mandarin, because he found a site confusing, and then used a Cantonese insult to drive your 'point' home. Learn French, zakkenwasser.

about two weeks ago

Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

the grace of R'hllor Re: all that money (97 comments)

"about 0%" means that it isn't 0%. And these people are surrounded by infected people. Who may not have used soap or hand sanitizer anyway.

It's the same thing as herd immunity: If everyone disinfects, then you're good. If a fraction disinfects, then even that fraction is at risk simply by being surrounded by infection sources.

about two weeks ago

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

the grace of R'hllor Re:Please stop spreading such drivel (588 comments)

That's why they tried it on 148 people, and why they're posting average results, for average people. I am curious as to the outliers though.

about three weeks ago

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

the grace of R'hllor Re:Calorific value? (588 comments)

They didn't do caloric restriction here. Apparently, a low carb diet allows people to lose weight better than a low fat diet. People ate how much they wanted. Whether it is because they ate fewer calories or because the body processes the food differently is irrelevant for the conclusion that low-fat works better.

Also, a claim of this study was that fat is *not* bad for you, and better than high carb.

about three weeks ago

XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

the grace of R'hllor Re:German version is cheaper?! (169 comments)

They should make a book called 125 Years of German Humor. That would be the best two pages in comedic history.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

the grace of R'hllor Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

Employees of companies are not legally required to be obedient. They can tell their US bosses 'no'. At which point it would be up to the discretion of the US bosses to decide to take action like firing the Irish employees, or to shrug and say 'oh well'. They are not legally obligated to fire them.

about three weeks ago

$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

the grace of R'hllor Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (83 comments)

When I worked for a mobile app startup, we saw major usage spikes in Indonesia, India and the Middle East, as well as some African countries. They required data. Part of this is that they pretty much skipped the whole landline thing for the majority of the populations, so they could jump ahead on the technology curve.

I would not be surprised to see the 80% figure being true, even with the income difference.

about three weeks ago

WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

the grace of R'hllor Re:How many years could he be charged with? (299 comments)

There's law, and there's international diplomacy. If they yank him out of an embassy, every embassy is at risk of wanton search, and you can say goodbye to diplomatic immunity. If, at some point, Sweden extradites Assange to the US and there's a bit of outcry, they'll say "Oops, maybe we shouldn't have done that", and there will be no repercussions (except for Assange).

I haven't heard Sweden state that they will categorically not extradite him to the US, though.

about a month ago

Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

the grace of R'hllor Re:Pauses my 16 GB desktop working on 4K program (371 comments)

I can write a one-liner script that will bring a Unix machine to a crunching slowdown. Stupid in, stupid out.

If your little editor / mini-IDE craps out your machine, it is poorly written. Noticeable garbage collection will only be triggered if your Old Gen memory space is too full, which means you're maintaining references in memory which you should not (circular references are fun-- in someone else' code). Also possible is that it's simply not updating the UI while running a compile script, which is definitely bad programming. Blaming Java for that is idiotic.

Disclaimer: I write high-performance Java applications using Spring. Also maintaining a pile of spaghetti that has grown over the past ten years, that still performs adequately.

about a month and a half ago

Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

the grace of R'hllor Re:Slaves of Dubai (265 comments)

I'm sure many unemployed black people would like being slaves for rich folk again, since they'd get to serve in the kinds of houses they couldn't afford. </sarcasm>

about 2 months ago

Hunt Intensifies For Aliens On Kepler's Planets

the grace of R'hllor Re:What if there isn't any truth out there? (93 comments)

If the system you're going to harvest has a usable, replenishable worker pool you only need to send a small colony ship.

about 4 months ago

Gigabyte Brix Projector Combines Mini PC With DLP Projector In a 4.5-Inch Cube

the grace of R'hllor Re:I'd just assume keep the two separated... (44 comments)

I don't disagree with your main point, but computers don't depreciate as much as they used to. You can still do good work on an 8 year old machine running a fairly recent version of your favorite OS. Hell, my gaming PC is only now beginning to show its age of about 5-6 years, and gaming PCs definitely depreciate faster.

about 4 months ago

Pentagon Document Lays Out Battle Plan Against Zombies

the grace of R'hllor Re:Don't be so simple (131 comments)

No, he's saying that you can choose between the guy who's going to take your right to know what's in your food because money, or the guy who's going to take your right to know what's in your food. Because money.

Y'all have a de facto two-party system. That means that neither party has any reason to make drastic changes to their intended policy. They just have to slag the opponent, and 4-12 years later they've got the presidency again. Why bother listening to people?

about 4 months ago

US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

the grace of R'hllor Re:Not terribly surprising (306 comments)

I'm disinclined to have to disagree with whoever denies that you aren't incorrect.

There is a more obvious way of writing the above sentence, and it should be employed. Even though none of the words are terribly complicated, the whole cannot be understood at a glance.

The same goes for simpler things like operator precedence rules. Code should be understandable upon scanning it, unless it's black magic, heavily optimized code.

about 4 months ago


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