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  • Mac Pro won't get China tariff waiver, says President Trump

    I thought years ago Apple said the Mac Pro would be made in the US...
  • Mac Pro won't get China tariff waiver, says President Trump

    tomahawk said:
    Easy solution.  Do the same thing retailers love to do with sales.  Put a red slash through it but then put the phrase "Tariff Price: " and make it 25% higher.  Make it crystal clear who is actually paying for the tariffs (US consumers).
    Our culture lives on a dreamboat thinking we can enact great change with minimal inconvenience to our own lives. We’re in a lot of the messes we’re in now because we want to be comfortable, because we don’t want to lose anything ‘important’ to us.

    If we need to pay a ‘25%’ tax on products to help put China in its place then we should be willing.
  • US states could also investigate Apple & others over antitrust concerns

    rob53 said:
    Simple diversion by Trump and Barr. I don’t see the DOJ going after oil companies, pharmaceuticals, or media companies. How much money do the tech companies contribute to the Republican Party and how much lobbying dollars are used to pay them off compared to all the other lobbyists? This is purely political nothing more. 
    The only politically motivated thing here is your statement. 

    Seems to me that Barr may be using these antitrust investigations to try and scare tech companies into appeasing the encryption concerns. That’s pretty cheap but unfortunately normal for this type of thing.
  • Hands on: Pixelmator Pro 1.4 brings full image editing tools to Apple Photos

    I’ve been a supporter of Pixelmator since the beginning because I wanted a support a decent image editing app that could replace Photoshop for most of the editing needs I have. Pixelmator keeps getting better and better.
  • 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.