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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

Cyberax Re:Depends on if it is in aggregate. (91 comments)

FitBit TOS states that they might use unanimous data aggregates but my individual data is private, unless I explicitly authorize sharing. I have no problem with that at all.

yesterday
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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

Cyberax Re:ALL the exchanges failed (156 comments)

Actually, no. KyNect worked without downtime on its frontend, however its backend was not very stable - as it had to interact with the federal exchange.

2 days ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Cyberax Re:Simple problem, simple solution (357 comments)

It will also displace lots of existing low-to-middle income tenants. Way to go. And it still won't increase supply by that much, though it will slow down the price growth. Read TFA.

4 days ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Cyberax Re:BS (357 comments)

But so were San-Francisco _advantages_. Yes, I read TFA. And simply turning everything over to an invisible middle finger of market will only make it all worse.

4 days ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Cyberax Re:is this seriously (297 comments)

It was a verified online poll, i.e. only Venice citizens could vote and only once. They got 75% of participation - I remember reading it on some Italian blog, but I might be wrong.

Anyway, there are plenty of other examples: Kosovo independence was unanimously passed by its parliament, very own Ukrainian independence referendum in 1991 passed with 90% of approval and 80% turnover, South Sudanese referendum passed with 98% approval and so on. Wikipedia has a helpful list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I... In short, it's not unusual for independence referenda to get near-anonimous votes.

4 days ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Cyberax Re:is this seriously (297 comments)

Incorrect. You get "landslides" with 55% of votes only when people have to chose between Giant Douche and Shit Sandwich.

Referenda, especially independence referenda, often get 90%+ participation. For example, just last month Putin has obviously orchestrated a non-binding independence referendum in Venice: 89% of participants voted for independence with 75% turnover ( http://rt.com/news/venice-vote... ).

4 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Cyberax Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

No, it doesn't require any co-signatures on loans. I know from experience.

The slate is then wiped clean.

Nope, it's not wiped clean. Estate simply goes bankrupt - all the usual rules apply. Of course, inheritors don't HAVE to acquire a bankrupt estate - from their point of view it might as well not exist.

Here situation is more complex - inheritors acquired an estate that didn't appear to have debts only to find out about them later. It's an unfortunate situation, but it happens.

4 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Cyberax Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

Doesn't matter. Estate is a temporary legal construction to administer the property rights of deceased. If inheritor chooses to come into inheritance then all the assets and debts of the estate are passed along.

4 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Cyberax Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

Not true. All kinds of debts might be inherited, only some personal debts are automatically forgiven after death (like federal student loans). Credit card debts might be passed on to the estate, depending on state. Nursing care debts are most definitely passed on, etc.

4 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Cyberax Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

Incorrect. If you chose to come into inheritance then you also inherit its debts. Some people do that for sentimental reasons to avoid estate being auctioned, for example. Besides, estate can later be sued in civil courts, for example for contract violations or damages caused by the estate. In a famous case a dead body was sued for damages it caused.

4 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Cyberax Re:It kind of makes sense...but it doesn't (630 comments)

IRS has ability to seize the funds without going to courts first if they deem that you made a mistake or committed a fraud. However, you can then contest their actions - with all the due process.

5 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Cyberax Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

Uhm, inherited debt has always been there, from the very start of the United States. If you inherit an estate then you also inherit its debts. It's as simple as that.

And of course, you can always refuse inheritance - then all the assets escheat to the state or to other inheritors.

5 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Cyberax Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

Nope, the only WTF here is that it can be interpreted as an ex-post facto law. However, it's not so clear because tax violations have no statute of limitation for civil penalties. The only matter that was stopping the IRS from going after long-forgotten debts was its policy.

The fact that inheritors are responsible for the civil damages, including ones from future lawsuits, is nothing new. IRS also has power to seize funds without going to courts first, nothing new here as well. It's the combination of these two that makes a technically valid but WTFy situation.

5 days ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

Cyberax Re:Interesting, but they admit low-current capabil (227 comments)

That's not entirely correct. Most people will still charge at home during the night. Super-fast charging is probably going to be used only for long-distance travel.

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Cyberax Re:Top Gear was worse. (544 comments)

Go and buy yourself a Chevy Volt - it can use carpool lanes. Ditto for plugin Priuses and Fords. They are only about $8k more than similar pure-gas cars.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Any Development Shops Build-Test-Deploy On A Cloud Service?

Cyberax Re:50%+ cheaper not to use the cloud (119 comments)

Why would you care about reliability for continuous integration?

We use Amazon EC2 with spot nodes for our CI. After all, if a node dies - you can just restart the whole process on a new one. Sure, you'll lose some time, but given that 32CPU node with 64Gb of RAM can be bought for $0.3 per hour - we simply don't care.

about two weeks ago
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UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

Cyberax Re:It all winds up on a dinner table (188 comments)

No, the comparison is done by dry weight of both pre-cooked and post-cooked food. The main advantage seems to be the lesser need for proteolytic enzymes (protein synthesis is expensive!) and de-polymerization of starches.

about three weeks ago
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Emails Reveal Battle Over Employee Poaching Between Google and Facebook

Cyberax Re:Unions (132 comments)

Yes, that's about right. Only Democrats in the US care about poor people. Republicans care only about wealthy 'job creators'.

about three weeks ago
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Emails Reveal Battle Over Employee Poaching Between Google and Facebook

Cyberax Re:Unions (132 comments)

Why must they live in the richest Congressional districts? A Congress district is a large place, and even one very rich man won't raise the average (never mind median) income by much.

about three weeks ago

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Nokia sells out to Microsoft

Cyberax Cyberax writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Cyberax (705495) writes "What we feared has just happened:

Nokia and Microsoft announce plans for a broad strategic partnership to build a new global ecosystem: ...
- Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.
- Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies."

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DNSSec is being deployed to the root zone.

Cyberax Cyberax writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Cyberax (705495) writes "Yesterday the final root key ceremony had been successfully conducted: http://dnssec-deployment.org/ (alas, I can't find a record of its stream).

So DNSSec is just about to be deployed to the root zone. Right now it serves Deliberately Unvalidatable Root Zone (DURZ). In a few hours it's about to be changed ( http://dns.icann.org/ has a countdown)!"

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Cyberax Cyberax writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cyberax writes "Recently Apple has contributed ARM support for LLVM. Some people speculate that it might be used for iPhone applications. Might it be possible that iPhone will allow to run arbitrary applications in a 'sandbox'?"

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