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Ask Slashdot: Tips For Designing a Modern Web Application?

BooRolla Re:There's quite a few options out there, but... (409 comments)

One thing I'd not is that Google themselves don't use GWT for much of anything these days. They're doing a lot of jQuery though...

A lot of things MS don't agree with me, but making sure you "eat your own dogfood" is something I can get behind.

more than 2 years ago
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CS Professor Announces Run For VT State Senate On a Platform of Internet Polling

BooRolla Re:Like Henry Ford said... (226 comments)

I think the point on slavery is a good one, but one could counter with marijuana laws. More than 50% of the population would repeal them today. Do you think the people would vote to invade Iran or stay forever in some country we've liberated? Maybe not the same scale but real wars and the war on drugs certainly restrict freedoms. the war on drugs more so since people end up in jail which is analogous to slavery. And as far as voting for lower taxes and more benefits, that sounds like what we get today with our reps. I'm not saying direct vote on things would be ideal, but seems like we have these issues today. I can understand the want to try something different

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Says 2010 Tied For Warmest Year On Record

BooRolla Re:Utter utter rubbish (554 comments)

You're endorsing misallocation on an unprecedented scale

I'd still argue that the pyramids have that beat

more than 3 years ago
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Every Day's a Tax Holiday At Amazon

BooRolla Re:Shipping Costs, Etc. (377 comments)

Yeah, it's just another way to cheat the government, and indirectly the people, out of taxes that we all have to pay...

Mod parent up! This is not trollish - it's true

more than 3 years ago
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How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

BooRolla Re:Headline Is So Very Wrong (1193 comments)

Only poor people pay taxes.

In contrast, the top 10% of taxpayers paid 55% of total federal taxes in 2007. The lower 90% of taxpayers paid the other 45%.

That sounds awful, but that is because the top 10% own all the money. Really, a proportional tax would have them pay even more of the tax burden because they control that much of all the money in the US. Let me introduce you to the L-curve: http://www.lcurve.org/

more than 3 years ago
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China Now Halting Shipments of Rare Earth Minerals To US

BooRolla Re:Way to prove their point! (738 comments)

You can still allow the imports but tax them for the externalities they are excluding. We can still get stuff, albeit a little more expensive, but we encourage better standards. And in the short term we get a little extra cash instead of selling ourselves upstream.

more than 3 years ago
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As smart-phones go, my phone is ...

BooRolla Re:Tips... (519 comments)

If you want to make an impression on the server, leaving $0.00 is not a good method. Any number of reasons could why you left no tip, most likely is that you are cheap (in the server eyes).

You want to make a point? Leave a tip of $0.01. There's no misconstruing that message.

about 4 years ago
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Ballmer, Bezos Fund Effort To Undermine Bill Gates

BooRolla Re:Question, adjusted, remains (866 comments)

Wouldn't such a high tax rate be an incentive to hire more people vs. a disincentive? If you are going to lose the money anyways, you might as well get something more tangible for it.

about 4 years ago
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The Advent of Religious Search Engines

BooRolla Re:It's just a targeted sales angle (583 comments)

but you can bet that after a short period of time that it's just there to shear the flock.

Most flocks exist to be fleeced

about 4 years ago
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Just Where Is The Lincoln Memorial, Anyhow?

BooRolla Re:And something you tend to find with geography (650 comments)

Frankly, many foreigners will not know where states are because - as you say - they "don't make the news a lot" :) They aren't individually important in the world, unlike the US as a whole.

But in fairness, there's a number of Americans feel this same way about individual countries versus the EU as a whole. That position sounds reasonable given that is a bi-directional relationship of relative ignorance.

(Not saying one shouldn't have a better understanding of US or EU, but I can see the argument).

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's HTML5 and Standards Gallery Not Standard

BooRolla Re:Chrome (527 comments)

Again, right there on the page it says this that it shows how Apple's latest products support HTML 5. It doesn't say that apple.com supports the latest version of Firefox or IE.

I may be daft right now, but isn't the point of standards to avoid having pages determine what browsers they support? In fact, shouldn't it be the opposite - browsers identifying what's on the page and rendering what they understand? Apple.com doesn't have to support anything, but just stop blocking to be intellectually honest.

Overall, this isn't a big deal (Ad on a com site) but filtering on UA string and requesting a unique download for a standards demo is hamfisted. The download may as well be Flash at that point.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's HTML5 and Standards Gallery Not Standard

BooRolla Re:Selling mine (527 comments)

that is sort of DRM since it is restricting his options with his own device

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's HTML5 and Standards Gallery Not Standard

BooRolla Re:Developer Link (527 comments)

those 'developer' links still filter on browser. Why is there so much justification for this?

more than 4 years ago
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UC Berkeley Asking Incoming Students For DNA

BooRolla Re:Both, of course (468 comments)

Bullshit. Anyone who would ever accept the name "liberal" in the U.S. is already buying into the idea that there is only one possible spectrum of ideas, which goes from "conservative" to "liberal."

Some of us just live in the real world and can indicate which is the closest approximation (YMMV) to their high level beliefs. If you don't feel they represent you, that is fine, but there is no reason to disparage people who feel like they can.

Ex: If someone is asked for their political ideology and they say they are a conservative, would you chastise them for not articulating each and every belief? Sounds like a lot of fun for everyone. (eye roll)

I agree that people should think more critically, but name calling isn't going to win over people who just don't care as much about politics.

FYI - if you don't think the links below are propaganda, then I question your ability to think openly.
http://www.politicalcompass.org/analysis2
http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz_result?e=30&i=70_30.gif&p=70 (A 'perfect score' = libertarian)

more than 4 years ago
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Pressure Mounts On ICANN To Approve .xxx Domain

BooRolla Re:Fear it? (372 comments)

I'm just surprised no one has made a good pron joke about the headline. Pressure, Mounts, .xxx? What are you people waiting for?!

more than 4 years ago
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PARC Builds iPod-Sized HIV Detector

BooRolla Re:False sense of security? (93 comments)

I agree. This half solution isn't as good as my non-solution! Oh wait...

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft To Get $100M Annual Tax Cut and Amnesty

BooRolla Re:Hardly Surprising (406 comments)

Mod parent up. That is the smartest thing I've heard all month. Frankly that would tell us more about the candidate than anything they would say.

more than 4 years ago
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Courts Move To Ban Juror Use of Net, Social Sites

BooRolla Re:Good luck ever seating a jury again! (288 comments)

These are funny posts, but if you truly agree with the sentiment behind them that getting out of jury duty is what smart people should do then *YOU* are the reason why we have bad laws and interpretations.

You shouldn't complain about courts making bad decisions if you don't participate. If smart people stopped actively avoiding the tiny bit of civic duty our nation(s) would be in much better directions.

Looking at the vaccination article, think of this as a "herd immunity" situation. You getting your shots makes us all better off.

(rant off)

more than 4 years ago
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Report Shows Patent Trolls Are Thriving

BooRolla Cheers to Non Practicing Entitites! (135 comments)

This is great! The only way these things changing is if the game becomes to costly for the corporations who write the rules. I hope "NPEs" start putting more companies through the wringer.

Sounds harsh but consider this: If I independently created something useful and it blows up like Facebook or Google but infringes on some minor or trivial patent for IBM/MS/Apple/Etc, the fruits of my labor will be taken from me.

God bless the NPEs for taken advantage of the game created by the advantaged.

more than 4 years ago

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