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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Art Challenor Wireless Charging... (383 comments)

"Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances" http://hardware.slashdot.org/s...

Now if only there was an appliance that could be put into lonely tech-geeks bedrooms that would also charge a smart watch. Nope, got me, I can't think of anything...

yesterday
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

Art Challenor Wow $100 Million (140 comments)

How about we just have Apple (and many other mega-companies) pay taxes at a reasonable rate then we won't need to fund education from "charity" (plus don't forget that the $100M is tax deductable, so it part of another tax loophole. Details here: http://www.americansfortaxfair...

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

Art Challenor Looking at the problem differently... (170 comments)

Can you find her a better way to get to the senior center? Staying at home entertaining yourself on the Internet is possibly not the best lifestyle. Spending time around other people and possibly participating in some of the other activities, not to mention getting out of the house may all be better for her. Then again, depending on her age/health it may not much matter.

2 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Art Challenor Re:This is silly (714 comments)

If Walmart paid all their 1.4M US employees $100/ hour instead of the Walton family splitting $16 BILLION at then end of the year they ONLY be splitting a little over $15B . $15/hour minumum wage would make no difference to them, but would make a huge difference to their employees and the country at large. However, I'm good with taxing capital instead of a minumum wage increase. When Google/Walmart/Microsoft etc. pay tax at a minumum of half the percentage I pay then we'll be making progress.

3 days ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Art Challenor Re:and they use cash businesses as examples (422 comments)

Depends, does the accountant work for Google, Microsoft, Chevron, etc. etc. all companies that pay very little in taxes. I'm sure that the same accountant could legally engineer the scenario.

4 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Art Challenor Banks CHARGE for ATM usage (714 comments)

Will McD's be charging a premium if you order from the automated system?

It has always pissed me off that banks used automated tellers to cut down on the number of paid tellers an then charge for foreign ATM usage. I really don't have (much of) a problem with the ATM owner charging me for using their ATM, but that MY bank charges me for using some other ATM is outrageous. They save all the way around, no need to maintain a real person or a machine and no need to deal with any of the cash. Greedy bastards.

about a week ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Art Challenor Re:This is silly (714 comments)

There's actually a really good reason why raising the minimum wage helps the economy. You take some of the money that would have gone to the likes of Sam Walton's heirs and put it back in the economy.

If you give money to less well paid people, they tend to spend it. If you give money to someone who's already extremely wealthy they tend to hoard it.

An alternative solution would be to reverse the recent trend of taxing labor at a higher rate than capital. With that change, for the extremely wealthy, creating jobs would be a good investment.

As Henry Ford famously observed, your workers are also consumers. If you don't pay them enough to consume then the system breaks.

about a week ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

Art Challenor Re:814.000 signatures... (283 comments)

I think net neutrality will probably result in higher prices overall (or rather, a slower decrease in prices) for Internet access, less investment in high speed Internet, and force low-volume users to subsidize high volume users. But it might be a lot worse. What it won't accomplish is giving you more freedom, lower prices, or more choices.

Except that we have a model for regulated Internet service and so can easily see the outcome. In most of Western Europe (actually most of the developed world) Internet service is faster, cheaper and more regulated than in the US. So the facts contradict your ideology - sorry.

about a month ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

Art Challenor Largest Ponzi Scheme Ever (113 comments)

So, no studying PtoE, company fundamentals, etc. etc. Further proving that the Stock Market is almost entirely disconnected from the underlying companies. Basically, it's a Ponzi scheme.

The US government would have invested Social Security in the Stock Market, but they can't find a spokesperson from the financial industry you can advocate the scheme without drooling at the prospect.

about a month ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

Art Challenor Re:oh yeah, GNOME3 (250 comments)

It's optimized for viewing Slashdot Beta (between the two interfaces you get about 3 words per page).

about a month ago
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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

Art Challenor Re:C++ = Clear Language Choice. (165 comments)

Given a project with a deadline, and all projects have deadlines, the performance statement is subjective and depends on the project. Yes C++ will natively run faster (somewhere around 5% faster with current JITs) than Java, C#, scripting, etc. but chasing memory leaks can consume a significant amount of a C/C++ project and that time can be spent optimizing the alorithms/code in other languages.

For a "Hello World" application, C/C++ win. For a team project involving significant complexity the whole lifecycle, not just the compiled code speed is a consideration.

about a month ago
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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

Art Challenor "On a Computer"? (131 comments)

What I don't understand is how this situation is new. If a US Company has physical records, paper, CDs, whatever, and they are storing them across the border in Canada can they still be the subject of US warrant? If not, how is this different, if so, what's new?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Art Challenor Re:Wow (268 comments)

Whodathunkit?

A link to Slashdot Beta the new goatse.cx?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Art Challenor Re:Solitaire (382 comments)

Seems everyone I know over the age of 76 plays Solitaire. Almost exclusively.

Roger Moore plays Solitaire as 007 in Dr. No and it's the only game he plays. He's 86, so your comment is validated...

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Art Challenor Re:I couldn't go to a war zone... (419 comments)

Maybe you could have just taken a road trip to Ferguson, Missouri where the cops have more body armor and weaponry than almost any troops in a war zone.

https://storify.com/AthertonKD...

The snippers (atop amoured personnel carriers) are there to help them win the respect of the local citizens. Arresting journalists just give added authenticity.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Art Challenor Re:Very typical of them (401 comments)

Ah yes, the "Invisible Hand", and appealing, and also completely wrong theory. What market strategy gave the world Comcast and similar monoplies in the first place? Contrast this with the heavily regulated and much superior services in most of Western Europe.

about 3 months ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Art Challenor Re:say it isn't so! (552 comments)

I understand the goal perfectly and agree with it. The current implementation moves money from useful organizations, power generation, manufacturing, etc. - the sector that produces jobs, growth, etc. in general money - to the sector that, primarily, leeches off those useful organizations.

If the implementation were the that the funds from the carbon tax were going directly to promoting renewables (another source of jobs and productive economic activity) then we'd have something worthwhile.

about 3 months ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Art Challenor Re:say it isn't so! (552 comments)

What's surprising is that the financial industry really stand to gain BIG from the carbon "tax" and so you would expect the Heartland Institute to be promoting their best interest.

The scam works about like this. Anyone wanting to generate CO2 would have to buy carbon credits, imaginary items which are sold and speculated on by big finance. As CO2 limits decrease price increases = big profit.

It's like a tax, except the revenues go directly to the banks, bypassing the government entirely.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

Art Challenor It's NOT the release that was the problem... (143 comments)

"When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden came forth last year with U.S. government spying secrets, it didn't take long to realize that some of the behavior of the U.S. government revealed could bring on serious repercussions"

about 4 months ago

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