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  • France approves digital tax measures against Apple despite US pressure

    pjs_socal said:
    I am surprised that it took EU countries this long to enact these kinds of taxes. It’s common knowledge that Apple (with help from Ireland) took advantage of loopholes in international tax laws to reduce their tax burden. Of course, Apple has done nothing illegal, but it’s completely within each country’s rights to change tax laws to close those loopholes.
    On one hand you may be correct, but on the other hand (one you were not speaking about...) taxes just in general are outrageously high and collecting these is just another failed attempt at governing. These taxes are a burden put on citizens not out of fair altruism by recouping money lost through ‘loopholes’ in tax laws, but rather out of a general attitude of turning toward increased taxes in an attempt to make up for inefficiency and greed.

    We’ve gotten so used to this that we’re barely phased by it (outside of temporary moaning and complaining) even though everyone knows this is just a money grab.

    I firmly believe the government can be run generously with a 10% income tax collection (and no sales tax). We just need to change our attitudes about tax and the responsibilities of the government.
  • Foxconn's Wisconsin factory starting production in May 2020 with just 1,500 jobs

    Sometimes things don’t work out as planned. As long as they’re serious about it then give them time to make it happen. 
  • Apple creates Memoji tribute to US Women's World Cup victory

    anome said:

    ... Yes, the women should make the same amount as the men, but the men are probably making too much, so maybe you should look at lowering their pay to at least meet the women in the middle.

    One form of sexism which seems to elude people nowadays is that using sex to determine pay is sexism in all cases. That seems obvious but the obvious is slipping under people’s noses as they attempt to be politically correct.

    Maria Sharapova praised equal pay for women at a US Open final years ago. However, by design, women are required to play about 40% less games than men (best of 5 sets for men vs. best of 3 sets for women). So ‘equal’ pay for women actually meant equal pay for less work. That’s not equality. That is sexism because it was sex which determined pay and not work and skill. (Not to mention that they’re not as popular with viewers either.)

    Obviously the US women’s soccer team is more successful than the men’s team, but it’s also extremely unlikely they’d have any chance at beating the men’s team. Men are generally much better at sports which benefit from strength and speed. It’s inescapable biology, and people enjoy seeing humanity pushed to the physical limits. Women’s sports can be enjoyable but they’re not usually at the same level as mens, and that’s good. If they ever become at the same level it means we went horribly wrong in our culture.

  • HP, Microsoft, Google follow Apple in planning China production cuts

    Becoming reliant on manufacturing in a repressive Communist country that is our #1 geopolitical rival ... 
    Shifting away from Chinese dependence was inevitable and is overdue.
    +1. This isn’t about cheap quality labour. Trump is simply the first person bold enough to actually do what everyone knows needs to be done but are too cowardice to do it.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook rips into 'absurd' Wall Street Journal report on Jony Ive's departure

    Yes, because the major news outlets never run news that is deliberately misleading or absurdly biased...