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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Actually, I do RTFA Re:citation? (181 comments)

I read it in "The Smartest Guy in the Room". Don't recall the guys name. Don't have the book anymore.

2 days ago
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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Actually, I do RTFA Re:which cost Arthur Anderson $9B in market value (181 comments)

Sure, the company got hosed.

Meanwhile, the partner who spearheaded the push got sufficient bonuses (from AA) to compensate him for the lack of any future career. He was on their executive board by the end of it pulling in a fat, fat bonus every year based exclusively on his Enron relationship.

If I can make N million dollars from a single bad act, maybe we need to have a better punishment than "never allowed to work again.

2 days ago
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Bullshit (396 comments)

beer is roughly $1000/ton (based on a 150lb keg costing about $75). You're looking at maybe a 5% rise in cost.

Except you're looking at the weight ratios wrong. Producing 1 ton of beer produces less than 1 ton of spent grain (beer is mostly water). So the ratio would be probably be closer to.... I don't know 1:5. Which would only be a 1% rise in cost.

3 days ago
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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Real Names? (93 comments)

I would agree, but "Rusty Shackleford" is the alias of "Dale Gribble" from "King of the Hill." So, being used as the "non-name name" on a show that millions of people watched for over a decade may lead to a lot of other people also using it.

Similar to how "Doe" is a pretty rare real last name, but very common in aliases.

3 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Please automate accounting more! (420 comments)

Sorry to go dark. Life intruded.

I think the best method is to take things off slashdot.

My email is slashdot[SlashDotUID]@hotmail.com

3 days ago
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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Actually, I do RTFA Re:yes, I've used a Professional Engineer. also a (181 comments)

Yeah, I remember how well that worked in the 90's

Remember when Arther Anderson stood up to Enron and refused to sign their books. And in turn sacrificed the lucrative consulting contracts with Enron for only CPA fees.

As opposed to simply adding a footnote disavowing the report before signing it anyway.

3 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Actually, I do RTFA Re:What the tax form should look like (420 comments)

Are you honestly saying that using a step-function is what makes taxes so complicated?

There are two parts that make taxes complex. The first is deductions. That takes up a bit of the complexity. The second is defining income. That's hugely complex.

In one easy to identify problem, your system seems to imply that I have to pay taxes on the value of any asset I sell, not just the appreciation of that asset since purchase. Which makes investing... interesting.

about a week ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Please automate accounting more! (420 comments)

I have a bit of free time.

I did some pretty basic accounting in the past, and wrote most of the internal report generating software my company (quite small) uses.

What scared me away from publishing any accounting software before was the lack of a CPA. Do companies not care if the software is verified as long as it is transparent?

But if you're serious, I'd love to know more.

about a week ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

I agree. But that makes this is an excellent example of how the world should work:

Shitty practice exists

News media locates and publicizes this shitty practice instead of focusing on celebrities/tragedies

People in charge fix the problem, either out of embarrassment or because someone who was ignorant of it but had the power to stop it finds out it's going on.

Fin.

about a week ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Talking of unpaid taxes ... (630 comments)

You can tell her Majesty that we will gladly pay our Tea Taxes once restitution has been made for the Revolutionary War, impressment of our sailors, War of 1812 (including burning D.C.), and the money we loaned during the world wars.

about a week ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

They recognized the inheritance of debt. The IRS ended this policy shortly before Slashdot reported on it.

I suppose Slashdot will post a countering news study a few days from now.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Farming (736 comments)

Beyond that, most modern medicine requires pharmaceuticals and technology. Most doctors would be pretty bad off post-apocalypse.

Also, my career is irrelevant. I can build a house. But my career is in technology. So I would have to turn a hobby into a job.

about two weeks ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Actually, I do RTFA Re:WOWZA! (240 comments)

If the people on /. don't see the worth of buying decent mobile apps - what's the point of them other than to advertise and hijack the masses?

Well, that's how I feel about a smart phone in general.

I'd love to get the advantages of a smartphone, but see these as insurmountable obstacles.

The spying by Apple/Google/Microsoft (not sure about what Blackberry does).

Taking something quite secure and adding the worry about spyware/adware/viruses.

The walled garden that keep me from being able to just, I dunno, run linux software.

Being stuck in the high cost/low quality distribution, ala would be the case for Hulu plus.

about two weeks ago
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NYC Considers Google Glass For Restaurant Inspections

Actually, I do RTFA Re:welding helmet in a bar? (104 comments)

"You're so hot, I have to wear ANSI Z87.1 compliant eye protection"

I would sleep with any girl who used that line on me.

about two weeks ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

Actually, I do RTFA Also, all inventions are invented (292 comments)

The famous line from the head of the US patent office in 1902:

In my opinion, all previous advances in the various lines of invention will appear totally insignificant when compared with those which the present century will witness. I almost wish that I might live my life over again to see the wonders which are at the threshold

Or the slightly less famous line from the head of the US patent office in 1843:

The advancement of the arts, from year to year, taxes our credulity and seems to presage the arrival of that period when human improvement must end.

about two weeks ago
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Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Google had to have put this in on purpose (152 comments)

Google Now (recently added to the Chrome browser)

That's why it's always more secure to run software 6 or more versions out of date. No zero-day bugs for me!

about two weeks ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Good (193 comments)

Probably a win for them, actually. I imagine CBS will put more limitations on what Colbert can say than Viacom did.

Note to those who think Viacom owns CBS - Viacom spun CBS off in 2006.

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Let it die (510 comments)

I gather all deaf people do not think alike.

Granted - but immaterial in this instance.

This is a discussion about deaf culture. Pretty much by definition, it's a monolithic entity. You can, and should, when discussing a culture, talk about the incentives and attitudes it puts upon its members. Actually, going beyond that, you can and should critique those.

You're right that shouldn't go over into "deaf people all are evil/all think this". But the specific culture apparently does.

about two weeks ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Actually, I do RTFA Re:A law for everything... (477 comments)

You seem to be laboring over a lot of misconceptions.

The point of overtime is not for the employee's benefit. It is for the employer's. It's cheaper to pay the additional per-hour overtime premium, then the fixed costs of having an entire additional staffer.

A second job is completely different from working overtime. It doesn't raise expectations for your coworkers, means that certain overhead is paid twice, and the list keeps going.

about two weeks ago

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Fluke Donates Real Multimeters to SparkFun as goodwill gesture

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  about a month ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "We recently heard about the confiscation of a delivery of multimeters to SparkFun for infringing on Fluke's trademark. One common thread in the discussions was the theme that Fluke should have let that shipment through ("lawyers" argued about the legal ramifications of it) as a goodwill gesture to SparkFun and the Maker community. Well, Fluke did one better. They announced they were sending more than $30k worth of official multimeters to SparkFun for them to do whatever they want with.

SparkFun is most likely going to give them away.

A great example of win-win-win?"

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Microsoft loses final appeal in EU Antitrust case.

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "Being a convicted monopolist in Europe may be not as sweet a deal as in the United States. Microsoft has been forced to allow blanket licences to its server protocols[Free registration required]. Although they will still be raking in the money (at 10,000 euro upfront and 0.4% in royalties), it seems paltry compared to the almost 6% royalty rate they used to insist upon. And Microsoft has already paid 1 billion euros ( $1.43 billion US ) for the privledge of appealing to this stage, with a possibility that they will owe another 1.6 billion euros more.

Since they are having such a bad day, I thought I might as well advertise where you can purchase access to their proprietary code to make up for it. Curiously enough though, that site is down."
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Our ATM is broken, so you go to jail?

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "A short while ago, slashdot featured an article about possible criminal prosecution for people who took advantage of faulty slot machine software. At the time, many people drew an analogy to an ATM that dispensed too much money. Well, apparently, that too may result in criminal charges. Interestingly, although they suspect that someone may have tampered with the ATM, they are considering charging anyone who withdrew money from the ATM.

This also provides an interesting rejoinder to 'if they can build a secure ATM, why cannot Diebold build a secure electronic voting machine.'"

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