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  1. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

    Looks to me like it is public domain.

    Sort of like the details of the cocroft-walton voltage multiplier for
    a similar example..
    Someone's name is on it, but the design is most assuredly public

    Tax havens of the world

    Matt Woolsey and Elisabeth Eaves,
    March 16, 2007

    Death may be certain, but taxes don't have to be.

    It's an international marketplace after all, and there are plenty of nations
    willing to welcome expatriates fed up with the taxman.
    Countries like the Bahamas make tax haven status an integral part of their
    marketing - relocate to Nassau, and you'll fear no tax man. That's because,
    for Bahamians and resident aliens there are no taxes on personal income,
    capital gains, inheritance or gifts.
    "The policy benefits the Bahamas indirectly," says Terrance Bain of FT
    Consultants, an accounting and tax planning firm in the Bahamas. "A person
    coming to the Bahamas will buy real estate or operate some kind of business.
    Most luxury properties are marketed to and eventually bought by
    non-Bahamians - it's a very robust market."
    Good weather and no audits, it's almost unfair.

    The history
    Tax havens grew out of the late 19th-century British system that began
    granting independent economic governance to protectorates like Gibraltar,
    Hong Kong or the Channel Islands, which then became easy places for people
    to protect money - hence the term off-shore accounts.
    By the 20th century, high net-worth individuals were flocking to small
    islands like Monaco and Bermuda, whose governments figured the money they
    could garnish off real estate transactions and sales tax made the tax-free
    incentives worthwhile.
    "Monaco is a luxury destination," says Maguy Maccario-Doyle, consul general
    to the United States. "It is a soft tax system, but we do have a value added
    tax around 30% on luxury items such as jewelry or restaurants and all the
    best luxury people are here within a square mile."
    And it works. Six of the Forbes Billionaires reside in Monaco, making one in
    every 5,400 residents worth over a billion dollars. The principality's
    housing market commands a median price of US$3,000 dollars per square foot,
    ahead of Manhattan and London, according to international real estate
    analysts Global Property Guide.

    Bermuda, though it has only three billionaires, has the highest gross
    domestic product per capita in the world at US$70,000 per citizen. Hiding
    out in Bermuda is so popular, in fact, that the government makes it
    virtually impossible to get permanent residency, and requires that
    foreigners buying into the market pay a minimum of US$1 million for their
    home and then a 22% transfer fee to the government.
    Those may be luxury prices, but it's a small price to pay for the tax
    breaks. Non-profit group Tax Justice Network estimates that offshore tax
    havens shielded over US$255 billion in global tax revenue in 2006, a number
    roughly equal to a third of India's overall GDP.

    The catch
    Most countries assess taxes based on residency, not citizenship. As a
    result, people across Europe who settle down in Switzerland ease into the
    moderate tax rates. For Americans, however, there's no escaping the long arm
    of the IRS.
    Americans living outside the country are exempt on their first US$82,400 of
    foreign earned income, but the most recent 2006 tax cuts boosted taxes by up
    to 20% for expatriates and made it possible for the IRS to dip into foreign
    retirement accounts for the first time. It is the highest such increase in
    30 years, and ex-pats pay it on top of their host country taxes.
    For Americans abroad, the only way to fully take advantage of tax havens is
    to renounce American citizenship, which over 500 people, almost all of very
    high net worth, did last year.
    Soaking in the sun, watching the Monaco Grand Prix and doing your best Grace
    Kelly impression makes for easy living, but comes at a cost. For most it's
    difficult to imagine relinquishing a U.S. passport, and that's why some
    states offer significant tax relief.
    Nevada is the closest thing the U.S. has to a tax haven. No personal income
    tax, no capital gains tax, no gift tax, no inheritance tax, no franchise
    tax, no inventory tax.
    "We do have a property tax," says Shari Chase of Chase International, a real
    estate brokerage in Lake Tahoe, Nev. "But compared to the rest of the
    country, and our neighbors in California, the property tax is extremely
    low - and properties are not reassessed upon purchase."
    It's no wonder, then, that the US$100 million Lake Tahoe Tranquility mansion
    found itself on the Nevada side of the border.
    Avoiding taxes in other states isn't as simple as scooping up a place in
    Nevada and claiming residency. Other states levy taxes for income made on
    their soil, so retired persons have long been the main benefactors of the
    state's tax structure, but that may be changing.

    Living the luxe life
    But should you choose to relocate to one of the world's tax havens, what can
    you expect?
    Even when relocating to paradise, moving abroad can be a tough adjustment.
    But it can also offer opportunities for you and your family to explore local
    culture or take up new hobbies.
    Cities like Hong Kong and Geneva offer as many cosmopolitan amenities as you
    can expect to find anywhere, with many of the comforts of home, from cinemas
    showing American movies to top-notch international cuisine.
    Moving to a small island, though, can make it harder to import your
    lifestyle - but fortunately the way of life most offer is alluring. Bermuda,
    for example, has nine golf courses crammed into just 20.6 square miles and
    temperatures that seldom fall below 60 degrees (16 celsius) or rise above 85
    (29 celsius), meaning that it's a rare day you can't play. In the British
    Virgin Islands, it would be a sin not to work on your skippering skills,
    while a move to the Cayman Islands virtually requires an interest in
    snorkeling or scuba diving.
    Monaco and Gibraltar are among our most miniscule tax havens, but there's no
    need to feel confined. If you tire of the gambling, sunbathing and
    nightclubbing to be had in Monaco itself - which may take a while - the
    French Riviera is just a short convertible drive away. From Gibraltar, visit
    Spanish beaches or the Moorish architecture of Andalusia.
    That is if you're not glued to your computer. It takes work to make all that
    tax-free money, after all.
    "With the onset of the internet - doing business like we do business today -
    someone can live in a fabulous home here in Lake Tahoe," says Chase, "and do
    business around the world."
  3. jasen

    jasen Guest

    AFAIK only "discovery" , after you file suit.
  4. jasen

    jasen Guest

    maybe epoxy with diamonds?
    it'd be like waving a red flag...
  5. jasen

    jasen Guest

    how does a college examiner detect copied answers.
  6. Catch somebody peeking at their neighbor's paper.
  7. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones Guest

    These days there is another option: just re-patent the invention yourself.
    It used to be that you could not patent something that has already been
    patented, but the USPTO no longer lets such small details get in the way of
    increasing throughput and collecting more fees. e.g. 5796296 Any problems
    that this new approach introduces will surely be sorted out in an
    efficient, fair, and above all cost effective way, by the usual litigation

    Once you have your shiny new patent, you just need to sue the original
    inventor until he runs out of money and then the invention is yours!

  8. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    That's evil..

    Reminds me of the saying:
    "He who pays the piper plays the tune."
    D from BC
  9. I can surely tell an example of advancement by mainly ability to be a
    bully. I think that reasonably web-searchable is "Microsoft Tax".
    That was first and maybe mainly noted to apply back when the current
    version of Windows was 3.1 or something like that.
    How the "Microsoft Tax" worked, at least at some critical time: In
    order to sell computers with a MS OS installed, a computer seller had to
    pay Microsoft on basis of number of computers sold regardless of OS or
    lack thereof, as opposed to sales of copies and/or installations of MS
    operating systems.
    A computer seller/reseller/retailer had to have at least two different
    sales locations, in order to sell both computers with a MS OS and ones
    without (such as a non-MS OS or no OS at all) without paying $$ to MS per
    unit sale of computers without a MS OS. At least this is the way I heard
    it, through channels where I expected good ability of denial of this if
    this was not true.
    This reminds me of some case where 3M sells "Scotch Tape" to retailers
    at a lower price if they do not sell competing tapes. I remember that one
    becoming some Federal court case ending up being decided in favor of 3M.
    I think that Congress needs to pass a law expanding the definition of
    "Restraint of Trade", although that may not occur until voters vote on a
    basis other than candidates selling themselves best via lobbyist $$$$$,
    especially in primary elections.
    (Please keep in mind - in some US "states", in at least some even number
    years there is more than one primary election - an early chance to vote
    against an offending Congresscritter may not be on the same day as
    opportunity to vote fo a President candidate! Furthermore, keep in mind
    that in a few US "states" a Presidential primary election vote is called a
    "beauty contest" while votes for specific-candidate-committed-delagates
    that "are what really count" are a separate vote, and I am not sure that
    in none of USA's 50 "states" the "springtime vote that counts" and the
    "beauty contest" are on different dates!)

    - Don Klipstein ()
  10. James Arthur

    James Arthur Guest

    Bill killed DR-DOS by outputting a bogus Windows error message.
    Users, worried, abandoned the competitor's product.

    The code performing said 'service' was encrypted and self-modifying,
    unravelling itself only briefly at runtime. Microsoft denied it
    existed. Denied, that is, until this was published:

    Same trick neutralized OS/2. The new release of OS/2 was a safe,
    far more advanced, non-crashing, multi-tasking OS at a time when
    Windows was still very primitive. Rock-solid DOS compatibility was a
    highly-touted selling point--OS/2 could run DOS and even Win3.0 in
    virtual machines flawlessly.

    Then came Win3.1. Try to run your expensive app in an OS/2 "DOS
    box" and an error message pops up. Would-be corporate OS/2 adopters
    were scared off, and OS/2 never recovered.

    The TSR interface in the DOS days has a similar story: MS changed
    it, breaking competitor's products, then offered their own replacement

    That's not innovation, that's not creating new and valuable stuff.

    Wouldn't it have been nice if they'd instead spent that time and
    cleverness making better products?

    James Arthur
  11. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

    You forgot "In order to get 'Da gud price'".

    In order to get a better price schedule, retailers had to make
    certain commitments.
  12. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

    You mean a message during windows install that casts out any install
    on other than MS-DOS based systems? SOunds like hedging against a
    failure mode to me.
    Nope OS/2 got fucked by MS. They were supposed to be carried into
    the win32 comparability realm, and NS backed out of their agreement.
    OS/2 was quite superior, in fact. That was, however, a direct threat
    not just to Bills market share, but to his entire empire. What would
    you have done?
    So could DesqViewX. Better even. It was an Xserver, and could even
    run a process on a remote machine if the network was TCP/IP. It was
    truly the superior product of it's time, but their failure to get full
    win32 comparability was their downfall as well.
    One doesn't run a win32 app in a DOS VDM.
    OS/2 was in use in nearly EVERY bank in the entire world, right up
    until they started with Windows 2000 over a year after it made its
    Quarterdeck's products didn't suffer from it. All it took was
    strong engineering on the part of the other DOS makers, and they
    didn't belly up to the bar. Crying will get you nowhere in this
    No. That is hedging one's bets.
    They have made better products. I shudder to think how slogging
    along at IBMs pace and mindset, and PRICE would have affected the
    American consumer, much less the rest of the personal computing world.

    Just so you know, I was going to become an OS/2 engineer.
  13. James Arthur

    James Arthur Guest

    I would've done what I'd already promised long before to improve my
    product: delivered premptive-multitasking (not delivered until more
    than a decade later), and protected-mode for applications (to end the
    all-too-common full-system lock-ups).

    In the sense that Tonya Harding was hedging her bets?[1] No,
    offering two products with different features is hedging. Win3.1 and
    NT, for example.

    [1] Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, ice skaters, 1994 Olympics,
    I had a self-bought copy of OS/2 then that I never loaded, having
    heard of murky "compatibility problems" (the bogus AARD code, it
    turned out). In my estimation, Microsoft held back the computer
    revolution--and its benefits to the world--a decade, at least.
    Then you'd especially appreciate this code, from Fig. 3 of the
    article I linked to:

    IF DOS version >= 10.0 (i.e., OS/2)
    THEN don't set [bp+196h], so eventually OR AX, 2000h fails

    James Arthur
  14. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

    Yeah. Fucktard comparison.
  15. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Yeah. It'd also be nice if I had wings. ;-)

  16. OS/2 was a joint Microsoft/IBM project up to a point. Microsoft could
    have elected to go with OS/2 as the basis of their product line.
    Instead, they worked to undermine it even while they were still
    partnered with IBM.
    A network capable display technology flew in the face of Microsoft's
    policy to sell one copy of each app per seat.

    About the time Microsoft was exiting the OS/2 partnership with IBM, the
    company I worked for was dragging everyone who didn't know any better to
    OS/2 school. The existing IT folks supporting it were leaving faster
    than proverbial rats leaving a sinking ship. They understood the folly
    of going against the Microsoft marketing machine. Even though Microsoft
    has yet to develop something that is barely a shadow of that system,
    they figured it was better to bide their time with Windows
    3.1/95/98/NT/2000 and now Vista than to incur the wrath of the monster
    from Redmond.

    The smart folks with the big engineering apps jumped over to Unix or
    just never left. Call me when Vista is a viable candidate for a Beowulf
  17. Remember the Golden Rule: The guy that's got the gold makes the rules.

    More's the pity. )-;

  18. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

    It would be nicer if you liver would finally give out, ya drunken
    fucktard GriseTard!!
  19. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

    OS/2 was ALL IBM, and they had an agreement with MicroSoft to be
    provided with the required code base to give them win 32 support.

    THAT is what they backed out of.
  20. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

    Likely never happen as it is a specifically keyed to desktop use OS.

    You may see an XP embedded clustering application though.

    Most of the embedded folks hate the fact that MS killed their
    NT/Win2k embedded support,and has forced them all to the slightly
    larger XP embedded kernels.

    I wonder how the easily superscalar "cell" CPU will progress in all
    this multicore mux.
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