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No Such Thing As a Tax-Free Lunch At Google?

Alascom Re:slow news day? (631 comments)

As a Googler, I can tell you we ARE taxed for meals, to the tune of $4,650.00 in 2012. The company then pays a 'gross up' to make it a non-event for the employees. So all this complaining about 'free lunches' is entirely off-track, and this Professor of Law has demonstrated he doesn't know how to do basic research before talking.

about 2 years ago

Groupon Puts IPO On Hold

Alascom Re:How's that $5 billion looking now? (129 comments)

Parent comment is right on the mark! Except for the 5%... Try 30-40%. And yeah, I bet GroupOn is looking back on that offer from Google and wishing they would have taken it.

more than 3 years ago

'Zodiac Island' Makers Say ISP Worker Wiped an Entire Season

Alascom Re:Torrents (228 comments)

Your local ISP's FTP server is not "the cloud".

A google service that replicates your data to multiple datacenters and dozens of servers, provides tape backup, and gives you easy and secure accessibility from anywhere... that is "the cloud".

more than 3 years ago

Google Says Ad Blockers Will Save Online Ads

Alascom Re:wrong assumption (419 comments)

and when you do go looking for it, those little ad boxes on the right come in real handy...

more than 5 years ago

Man "Beats" World of Warcraft

Alascom Tauren Druid... (655 comments)

I put on my Druid robe and hat...

more than 5 years ago

Air Cannon Ties Pirates In Knots

Alascom Re:Pro-tip: Shoot them dead. (770 comments)

That is the same philosophy that said never try to stop airplane hijackers, just do what they say and you'll eventually be let go.

Of course, if the pirates read this they are going to say - 'hey, great idea. Why chase down these ships when we can just disable them.'

more than 5 years ago

Android 2.0 SDK Released, Google Maps Navigation Announced

Alascom Re:Send route from computer to phone? (121 comments)

Now you can just use google maps as your GPS device to plan your trip.
Its awesome.

more than 5 years ago

Cursive Writing Is a Fading Skill — Does It Matter?

Alascom Secret code... (857 comments)

Awesome. Soon all us 'old folks' will have a secret code we can use to communicate that the youth will never be able to decipher.

more than 5 years ago

Google Offers Scanned Books To Rival Stores

Alascom Re:How Is This a Good Thing? (150 comments)

How can one circumvent copyright law for books in the "public domain"? If they are in the public domain, they are free to anyone.

What you meant to say, was they are making previously unavailable books that are still under copyright available to everyone. They are even providing competitors with access to the works that Google spent a fortune to scan. Nothing prevents Amazon or Microsoft from scanning these books themselves and working out a similar agreement with the authors guild, but they don't want to invest the money since they are already so far behind.

In the end, everyone (including the authors) benefits because these books will once again be available to the public as they were intended.

more than 5 years ago

Can We Abandon Confidentiality For Google Apps?

Alascom Re:Google's not interested in our email/calendar. (480 comments)

This is such tin-foil crap, and has been debunked many times. Every mail server, router and switch reads your email by your definition, it has to in order to route a message, or copy data from one buffer to another. Just because gmail targets an ad based on a word or two in an email does not mean that someone is READING your email. Every time you search for a message in Exchange, Microsoft processes are "reading all your emails", right? Get real dude.

Most importantly, ads are only displayed in the "free" versions. If you get the $50/yr version there are no ads so your entire point is moot anyway.

more than 5 years ago

20 Years of MS Word and Why It Should Die a Swift Death

Alascom Re:Umm What? (843 comments)

Sure Word wasn't the first, I used SpeedScript on my C64, WordStar, and others. But the author has a very valid point. The whole original purpose of word processing was to replace the type-writer, which only produced printed documents. With a word processor, it was easy to make edits, print multiple copies, save copies, etc.

The "Word" processor was never intended to be a format or procotol for transferring electronic documents, which is how its being used today.

more than 5 years ago

Software Glitch Leads To $23,148,855,308,184,500 Visa Charges

Alascom Is charges stored in a 64 bit int? Is it signed? (544 comments)

I wonder what a charge of $18,446,744,073,709,551,617.00 would do... $1 charge? (0xFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF + 2)
Or maybe $9,223,372,036,854,775,809.00? Would that result in a $1 credit? (signed int?)

more than 5 years ago

DHS To Kill Domestic Satellite Spying Program

Alascom So the real story is... (150 comments)

The title would be less exciting if it read "Bush and Obama has never used satellites to spy on Americans".

Bush didn't use spy satellites our of privacy and civil liberty concerns. Got it.

Now that we are straight on this particular issue, let the Bush bashing begin.

more than 5 years ago

Google, Yahoo!, Apple Targeted In DoJ Antitrust Probe

Alascom This is crap... (166 comments)

I work at Google, and in the past 6 months I've received job offers from both Yahoo! and Apple. Its not much of a secret agreement if all the companies are clearly violating it by trying to recruit out from under the others.

More FUD, probably somehow initiated by Microsoft, attacking and smearing its competitors.

more than 5 years ago

Secret US List of Civil Nuclear Sites Released

Alascom Re:"for civilian use" (167 comments)

Its all fun and politics until Seoul and Tokyo and its 20 million residents disappear in a flash of light.

I vote for taking out North Korea today. I'd rather have a 100,000+ casualties today if it can prevent the likely horrific death of 20 million+ later.

more than 5 years ago

Mozilla and Google's "Don't-Be-Evil" Bulldozer

Alascom Re:It's "Do No Evil", not "Don't Be Evil" (95 comments)

As a long time Googler, I can tell you the correct motto is "Don't be Evil".

Google's motto is 'Don't be Evil', and we have a similar motto for web developers: 'Don't be Eval'. (its kind of funny if you've ever dealt with security and user input, if not, you won't get it even if I explained it)

Saying 'do no evil' is being delusional and assuming you are perfect. Instead "don't BE evil" is about always trying to do the right thing, and when you occasionally screw up, accepting responsibility and trying to make things right.

more than 5 years ago

Netbook-Run Dice Robot Can Rack Up 1.3 Million Rolls a Day

Alascom I fell in love with this site 4 years ago! (280 comments)

Gamesbyemail is awesome. I've been playing Axis&Allies on the site for almost 4 years now, and I must say its quite brilliant.

Great gaming engine, and he has covered all the classic games.

more than 5 years ago

Wolfram Alpha Launches Tonight, On Camera

Alascom Fail... (218 comments)

Fail... What good is a site that crashes in the first few minutes..

more than 5 years ago


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