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We Are All Confident Idiots

BringsApples Re:Well that explains... (298 comments)

Politicians actually don't have any of their own confidence, they take yours. That's the whole schtick to politics these days: Gain The People's Confidence. They each know how full of shit they are, and more importantly, they know how full of shit you are.

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

BringsApples Re:Time for a revolution (422 comments)

The revolution already happened - it's called Bitcoin. I've spent the last year bank-free. I live in the US, but work for a Swiss software company and get paid the CHF equivalent of $160k/year. They pay me in Bitcoin. I have no bank account. Everything I need to buy I either pay for directly in Bitcoin, or in cash. When I need cash, I use LocalBitcoins to find somebody who wants to trade.

You hear that everyone? All you have to do is get a job working remotely for a Swiss company; they pay in bitcoin! Man, once everyone in America does this, there is no way that the constitution-crushing mentality that is prevailing in the US these days will be able to figure out a way to steal our money! We won!!!

Now to find a way to live with only 20,999,839.77 bitcoins for everyone in the US, robbing the rest of the world from their use of bitcoins...

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

BringsApples Re:Time for a revolution (422 comments)

Only those that have been depositing less than $10,000 in a way that 'leads folks at the bank to think' (triggering?) that you are doing it in a way to avoid depositing $10,000, in a way to avoid "triggering".

So if you deposit $10,000 in a bank, it causes (you and) the bank to file paperwork that you deposited $10,000 - this is called triggering.

Triggering: A 1970 anti-money-laundering law known as the Bank Secrecy Act spells out the rules for large cash withdrawals. In general, banks must report any transaction involving at least $10,000 in cash. That includes not only withdrawals but also deposits, currency exchanges (such as swapping dollars for euros or Japanese yen) and the purchase of traveler's checks.

So in this case, if you deposit slightly less than $10,000 then that also triggers the bank to privately report you to the government. All of the people mentioned in the article deposited slightly less than the $10,000 to avoid triggering, and they knowingly avoided it, although for different reasons (some did it because they thought it was a hassle for the bank, and they were trying to be nice?). So if you need to deposit $10,000+ in an account, then fucking do it! In this case, it "triggers" an event, but that event doesn't remove your money.

4 days ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

BringsApples Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (350 comments)

You're right, but it's a straw man argument to his point. He's saying that if you go to the store, and buy a Dell, knowing that it has Windows installed, and asking for a refund, it's crazy. You're saying that if you go into the store, there is no other choice other than windows boxes. So you're both right.

The solution is for those that want windows, go to Best Buy (or the like) and buy a computer with warranty and guarantee, and for those that want a blank box, go and order your parts wisely.

5 days ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

BringsApples Re:No need for ACLU (272 comments)

So, if the idea of truckers driving around possibly coming at you with a hatchet, then the simple solution is to get your own hatchet, and watch out for truckers. Seeing as how truckers have no more rights or authority than you, it's a level playing ground.

However cops have more authority than an average citizen. If they choose to take advantage of that authority, then the result is that the citizens will fear the police, and eventually riots will be common place in the whole country, and order will not be able to be restored. Imagine the L.A. riots, merging with the Ferguson riots, but throughout the entire country.

So what exactly was the problem that you had with my use of the word "terrorist"?

5 days ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

BringsApples Re:No need for ACLU (272 comments)

She already has a lawyer, and I'm sure he's going to get a very substantial settlement.

So what? That settlement will come from tax dollars. What needs to happen is that these cops need to be taken to Guantanamo and treated as the terrorists that they are. And rather than a settlement, that woman should be able to work at Guantanamo for a few weeks as the sole guard to this piece of shit.

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

BringsApples Re: This is silly (714 comments)

You worded that like a schmuck, but I get your drift, and you have a good point. Raising the minimum wage simply because it doesn't support a family isn't a good reason to do it. But I think that the reason that anyone suggests to raise this minimum wage is actually an effort to decrease the earnings of the investors of these corporations that are content with providing minimum food quality to those that don't have time/money to eat a decent meal at/from home (hence the name "fast food" - this is why you don't come in, have a seat, and wait for the waiter/waitress). But this effort is, obviously, easily thwarted by doing exactly what McD's proposes with replacing people with machines. Those that lose their job, will take the same attitude that they've taken with the rest of their life, and settle at some other shitty job, where they'll bitch about the wage there too.

about a week ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

BringsApples I read the article and... (288 comments)

...WTF did I just read? I understood none of it. Or if I did understand it, then I understood this waaay before reading this long article. Google works with the US government? Nnnooo, you don't say! What next, Apple too!?? Come on, this is shit that we don't even have to find out by any other methods than just thinking logically these days.

Are you into having a life of freedom? Then start giving credit to all of those thoughts that you have about quitting that shitty job that you hate, and/or making that change in your own life as you see fit, and stop giving credit to all of the hype about governmental powers. People like Assange need the government to be wicked, it gives him a way to have fame.

There is no political solution, only a realistic one.

about a week ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

BringsApples Re:Umm, like I have an idea? (256 comments)

What advantage is there again for a dealership?

I get what you're saying, and you're right. But judging by the hundreds of dealerships around town here, I guess the point is to sell cars? As long as there are dealerships to sell the cars, who cares? GM isn't "to big to fail" because the dealership market is killing them. They're "to big to fail" because they sell a shit-ton of cars. Tesla's cars are great (I guess, never driven one myself), but they're fucking expensive. They're so expensive that they know that once they jump into the "normal" car market (independent dealerships), it jacks the price up even more, probably out of the price range of many potential clients.

If Tesla can do this, then so will Ford and GM, and then you just killed a very large job market, seeing as how many dealerships employ 50+ employees.

about a week ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

BringsApples Umm, like I have an idea? (256 comments)

Tesla, open a dealership, complete with a repair and body shop. You can even finance your own vehicles. This can be done in every state. Your prices will go up a little bit.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

BringsApples Post the name (154 comments)

If you post the name of the project, then you may get real answers that apply directly to your situation. But somehow I get the feeling that you don't name it for this very reason. And since that's the case, it appears that your project will die. I'll bet that there's already a replacement out there that many are already switching to.

Having said that, I hope the project is called facebook.

about two weeks ago
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How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

BringsApples Re:Unintended Consquences (57 comments)

Wow. And people still want to be in office? Must be nice in Canada. In America, no one in their right mind would get into politics unless it means a lot of money. The people of America are so hard to please...

about two weeks ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

BringsApples Re:Hold on a minute (197 comments)

Why do teachers always rank as an all important metric?

Not that I think they're all important, but they have a significantly higher level of involvement in the local state of things than you appear to be giving them credit for. There are good and bad teachers, true, but the over all significance of their job is one of the most important in any society; certainly up there with police, fire fighters, city workers... (if you don't think that these jobs are more important than programing, then you're fooling yourself)

I agree that the old "think of the children" has been used in many incorrect ways, but that doesn't mean that it's not a valid statement. When it comes to teaching children the difference between "do" and "do not" it's extremely important that the teacher be informed, and able to inform in a way that applies to each kid - this isn't as easy as it seems like it should be. However having a care about this, makes the difference between people growing up as civilized people, capable of getting along with others, and barbaric people incapable of almost anything that doesn't involve them being given something.

about two weeks ago
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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

BringsApples ouch (109 comments)

Gotta suck to live in China. Er, wait...

about two weeks ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

BringsApples Re:Fixing the wrong problem (341 comments)

You're totally correct (in terms of normal context), but totally wrong (in the context of what burning man is). Burning man is about living in a temporary space where normality doesn't have to be in the context at all. Think in terms of 'people peddling ice' vs 'having a place where you have to get ice'. They each create a specific experience, but one is more in tune with what how Nature provides.

Also let us not forget that the author of this article went once, and during a time when there was only one line for ice (judging by his writings, he didn't have a good time, missed the whole point of it, and will never go again). Normally there are at least three ice lines. The ice line should be a place that gets fit into the schedule. Otherwise the whole "burning man" experience (the experience that you should both loath and enjoy) is set into the same context that our daily lives are stuck in. Then, why go do something like burning man?

Disclaimer: I've never been to burning man.

about two weeks ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

BringsApples Re:in the *dessert* ???? (341 comments)

Seriously; are there people in this world that are getting PAID to administrate and edit Slashdot? If so, please sign me up for this sweet gig. If not; then I can understand this kind of sloppiness as it's just a hobby.

No. If we all get a job at slashdot, who'll be the silly idiots that read/comment on the crap that we'll post? If you want slashdot to stop posting shit stories, then stop reading slashdot. If no one reads slashdot... well you know.

Not that there aren't already like 50% bots here now. Ever wonder why the CAPTCHA is usually along the same lines as what you're posting? Maybe the bots are editing the site by now, who knows.

about two weeks ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

BringsApples how about the good parent gene? (366 comments)

Having an intelligent kid is pointless without a parent that gives it attention in the proper way.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

BringsApples Re:Gates (839 comments)

It all depends on what is meant by "consumption". After all, currently we're already taxed when we buy stuff (sales tax). What now, tax us when we eat it too (consumption tax)? Really, how would this new tax be executed?

about two weeks ago
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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

BringsApples Re:It's time to start a trade war. (106 comments)

We owe the Chinese... umm, all of our monitory system's worth? I think they may be just checking in on us, big-brother style, just to make sure what the hell we're doing with it all.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

BringsApples Re:(Re:The Children!) Why? I'm not a pedophile! (284 comments)

In Alabama every drug warrant has article "G" attached to it that gives the officers the right to search all files and computers, for drug records. If you keep your records in, let's say French, then the police can take them to a translator. If you keep your papers in some kind of "encrypted" scheme that requires some mechanism to decrypt, then it's evidence enough that you deal drugs. I hope encryption on phones doesn't have the same effect.

about two weeks ago

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