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Comment Re:I wish... (Score 1) 174

What about companies that make money in your country but have no owners there? They benefit from the infrastructure there, schools, health care etc. but do not pay anything towards it.

Also it does not take into account that income is not actually a function of effort or even skill especially for the rich. A person that is simply collecting "rent", is producing nothing if they died tomorrow their assets will still exist.

Requiring tax liabilities to repaid after death would simply mean that poor people could not successes, and would simply be stuck paying for there parents taxes. While rich people would be making money off the poor people that do the actual work.

I see nothing wrong with people who can afford more paying more. If you own a business and are not paying your employees enough to live off the business is effectively the one receiving the state aid since the fact that your employees are educated and healthy makes you money.

Oh yes where or when do you live that has debtors prison? It seems like a silly Idea especially for not being able to pay tax, since that would end up costing the tax payer more keeping you in jail.

Comment Re:I wish... (Score 1) 174

He is right most people will use every legal means reduce taxes, that they can be bothered with. In fact if you are a corporation you owe a duty to your share holders to do so. The problem is the tax systems are bought for by companies, this should not be allowed. When I need to pay tax the government does not go into negotiations with me as to how much I should pay. They don't change laws to suit my tax needs. Companies should only be allowed to communicate with governments through public forums just like everyone else.

A political system needs to have zero private funding, I would much rather have that, than have laws bought and sold to the highest bidder. It will cost me more in the long run.

Comment Re: unpaid (Score 4, Insightful) 113

People should pay for work, work but historically end results are a good way of judging work, In your example of a fancy chair you judge the quality and quantity of work required to make the chair. Allowing other people to make the chair gives you a comparison and forces continual improvements in either cost or quality. If someone can make the chair better or cheaper than the original creator they should, that is what is best for society.

The problem with patents and copyright is you basically stop other people from making a chair because somebody came up with it first. So they can charge an unfair price up until the point people will just sit on the floor, there is no incentive to improve your product or make production more efficient. If you need any evidence of that look at car keys, to get one cut if it has an immobilizer in it, cost at the lower end $400, You can get an entire new alarm system for less than that, but because the hold a monopoly they can charge, not what they want because you will simply get a new car, or walk but a vastly unfair price.

For movies and electronic devices this is bad, but things like medicine this is down right mass murder, you are basically giving the customer an ultimatum give me all your money or die, oh by the way no guarantees you will live. I understand that it requires money but giving someone the power of life and death over someone in a bargaining situation is not going to end up with a fair deal. What you need to do is say Ok you can have a monopoly for a limited time but you have to prove you are not overcharging, and if it is discovered that you are using creative account practices to over inflate expenses, you will be charge with the crime you are actually guilty of which is mass murder.

Comment Re:Click bait much? (Score 1) 171

I don't know if this scalping but I don't know why scalping is self evidently wrong. Yes it may be illegal, but scalping is simply buying something and selling at a profit. I do not see why it is anybodies business what someone does with tickets after they buy them. If they wish to use them as toilet paper just to deny other people the ability to watch an event, so be it. That scenario is of course legal but selling at a profit isn't.

I do see scalping as slightly unethical, however I see other similar things that are perfectly legal, but much worse in my eyes, such as drug companies charging exorbitant prices for drug, in effect letting people die in order make some money. The difference is scalpers are generally small time businesses whereas drug companies are multi-billion dollar industries so they can afford to buy off politicians, oops I meant to say lobby.

From the summary, no I didn't read the article. All these people did was take advantage of a tax loophole, google or the president elect of course would never do such a thing,

Comment Re:Dun dun dun (Score 1) 427

Well my house has walls primarily to keep the weather out. Yes it has locks on the doors to keep opportunistic thieves out, I don't think the locks would stop any thief with so much as a crow bar, or a rock though the window. What primarily keeps the thieves out is a society that doesn't allow people to get so desperate that they need to steal to survive.

Yes there are the few that would break in and steal anyway but they are in the minority.

Comment Re:Opinions are worthless (Score 1) 198

Although you are right that a study is the right way to get the answer to the question, opinions matter much more than they should. People are not logical, they will not say your study is accurate, and based on sound principles, we will believe you. They will have there own biases, and keep there options.

If people do not trust automated cars, no matter how safe studies show they are, automated cars will not succeed.

Comment Re:Good News (Score 1) 355

Where does unskilled manual labor pay $100/h in the US. if it is costing you $200/h then you are doing it wrong and you SHOULD go out of business. At no point does it become ethical to use slave labor, bypass laws, safety laws in order to make more money. If the laws are unreasonable should be changed, if safety regulations, (companies never lobby the government to change unreasonable laws, oh wait) worker compensation are reasonable they should be applied to workers no matter where they are.

If you product cannot be produced ethically for a cost that is acceptable to consumers perhaps you should not be producing it at all.

Comment Re:Good News (Score 1, Insightful) 355

What does it matters what it costs, if you have no job to pay for it, or food.

Sure you can get a cheaper phone, with free trade, but that is because produced by effectively slave labor overseas. Guess who gets to keep the lions share of the benefit? While the average workers assets slowly degrade to nothing, buying trinkets that quickly fall apart or go out of date.

This is what get when the only metric you judge success by is how much money is going into someone pocket.

Now they want to own ideas, so you can't even use them without paying a price. Guess what every day people have good ideas all the time, they just don't patient every dam thought that crosses there mind. Even if they did they couldn't afford to defend those patients in court. Ideas are most benefit when they are shared and built upon freely, but that doesn't count to the almighty GDP.

Comment Re:A double has more precision than an int32_t (Score 1) 497

Doubles my have more precision, you start getting inaccurate very quickly when you start using decimal points,
if you want accuracy for things like currency you are better to use something like cents instead of dollars, than a double 0.01 is actually
0.01000000000000000020816681711721685132943093776702880859375, that may not seem like much out but start multiplying or doing running totals you will get out significantly. Of course if you stick to integers doubles will be fine as long as you do not exceed a 53 bits.

There are a lot of decimal number that you cannot represent exactly a binary decimal, just like you can't represent 1/3 in decimal, but easy in ternary 0.1

Comment Re:Wait physicists? (Score 1) 497

floats use scientific base 2 not base 10, so it is obvious why 0.1 = 0.100000001490116119384765625,
its because it has to represented ?.??????????????????? x 2^x where ? is either 0 or 1, if we counted in base 2 it would be fine but we don't so we get non obvious results.

also in scientific notation there is no negate zero

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