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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Damarkus13 Re:What about other devices? (418 comments)

And how much to replace multi-thousand-dollar specialized peripherals, such as CNC mills, that have no Windows 10 driver?

Stop with this stupid argument! Why ids your multi-thousand dollar specialized peripheral not firewall away from the internet? Oh, it is? Then stop whining and just keep using XP. It has to be, because of some weird edge case? Then realize you are an edge case, and it pretty much always sucks to be an edge case. Either way, I'm tired for that rubbish argument.

4 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Damarkus13 Re:What about other devices? (418 comments)

You're absolutely right that must people don't actually need a PC anymore.

Why use OpenOffice when Google docs does everything the average person uses an office suite for.

The web version of QuickBooks works just fine under Linux. And most people don't use accounting software unless they own a business anyhow.

4 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Damarkus13 Re:What about other devices? (418 comments)

Except that, more and more, all grandma wants to do is check the newest baby pictures on Facebook, send emails and run a few web apps. All of which work fine Linux.

4 days ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

Damarkus13 Re:Musk worship (260 comments)

You really have to allow deductions though. Otherwise, you're taxing revenue, not profits.

Let's say I own a corporation. Said corporation has an income of $1,000,000. However, between research and development costs, manufacturing, and other overhead, my expenses are $900,000. If you tax my corporation's income at 25% (without being able to deduct any expenses) I'm $150,000 in the red after taxes, despite running a fairly successful business.

about a week ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

Damarkus13 Re:Follow the money... (188 comments)

My cousin has no nipples due to a double mastectomy. Is she not a citizen?

But seriously, "that specific industry" has no "special constitutional treatment." See Freedom of the press in the United States. All rights are inherent to individuals and when individuals organize, as in the formation of the LA Times, these rights are not lost. As such, it appears that the LA Times has rights, but these are simply the rights of the individuals it is composed of. Furthermore, the Constitution does not place limits upon citizens, it places limits on the government.

So, while we are clearly in agreement that an impartial fourth estate is essential to a healthy society, I still find your insistence that the Constitution mandates impartiality from the press laughable.

about two weeks ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

Damarkus13 Re:Follow the money... (188 comments)

... they are shirking their Constitutionally specified duty, despite the legal privileges they enjoy in furtherance of that obligation.

What?!? I don't know which constitution you're referring to, but the Constitution of the United States of America certainly doesn't specify duties or obligations for citizens.

While I would agree that this kind of behavior is undesirable, to imply that it is unconstitutional is laughable.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Damarkus13 Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

I was under the impression the FAA was pretty clear about their stance regarding aircraft safety, and it basically amounts to, "Commercial aircraft must be certified. We don't currently have a certification process for UAVs. We will have one by sometime in 2015. Hobbyists, don't make a nuisance of yourselves and we won't bother you."

about two weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Damarkus13 Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

While these issues may still need to be ironed out, they really are not within the purview of the FAA. The FAA's only real interest with drones should be keeping the skies orderly and safe. Privacy issues and liability are the legislative, not bureaucratic, problems.

about two weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

Damarkus13 Re:Performance (183 comments)

mSATA isn't mPCIe. They may be the same form-factor, but mSATA is hooked up to a SATA bus and mPCIe is connected to a PCIe bus. They aren't interchangeable.

about a month ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

Damarkus13 Re:just call it what it is (316 comments)

Long-term? I don't think so. But, no one really likes Verizon anyhow and they are currently dealing with a competitor who is aggressively trying to poach their customers. Add to that their claim that 20% of their customers are still on unlimited plans and it does become understandable why they might opt for the path their taking.

about a month and a half ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

Damarkus13 Re:just call it what it is (316 comments)

They haven't offered unlimited plans for years now. This is about customers who are still on unlimited plans and haven't yet "upgraded" to a paid usage plan. These people are not in any sort of long term contract. Verizon could simply tell them, "Your unlimited plan is gone, pick a currently offered plan," but they don't want to deal with the PR nightmare that would spawn.

about a month and a half ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

Damarkus13 Re:cretinous because (316 comments)

The thing is, you're on a month to month contract. The honest thing for Verizon to do is simply cancel those contracts, admit that they are not willing to invest enough in infrastructure to accommodate unlimited plans, and take the temporary PR hit.

Instead they have chosen the path of a thousand papercuts. Every so often them try to screw those still on unlimited plans, and every time it causes some sort of PR headache.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

Damarkus13 Re:Do No Evil so why not delete the info? (138 comments)

They won't be "deleting" anything. They simply won't be indexing it. The ruling makes absolutely no demand that the content actually be removed from the internet.

It's also worth noting that these requests are not coming from the content owners, they are coming from people that the content is "about"

about 3 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

Damarkus13 Re: frosty piss (664 comments)

Are most phones taken by force? I know at least a dozen people who have had phones stolen, but not one was taken forcefully.

Not to mention, they will need a warrant force entry and seize the phone. Combined with the fact that they will probably only be able charge the perp with possession stolen property, it the whole exercise a rather expensive proposition.

about 4 months ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

Damarkus13 Re: Boys' Clubs (519 comments)

Ethically, nothing.

Legally, photographing a woman in a state of partial or complete undress is explicitly illegal. Photographing a fully clothed woman from an angle that exposes her undergarments (or lack there of) is not.

Expect to see this law amended very shortly, as most residents that state probably already thought upskirtting was illegal.

about 6 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

Damarkus13 Re: what price increases? (424 comments)

Not for me. Without a $35/month phoneline, it costs me $45. Not significantly cheaper than my Comcast bill.

about 7 months ago
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

Damarkus13 Re: Common sense? In MY judiciary? (457 comments)

Don't I also need to know that the other person is breaking the law? I don't have a radar system in my car, how an I to know if they are speeding?

about 7 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

Damarkus13 Re: "probably" much higher? (196 comments)

I'm not saying corruption is good, I'm just saying fraud != corruption. Medicare fraud, where bills are issued and paid for services that did not take place, is not the same as corruption. The article cited even mentioned that basically all bills are paid, and that they try to find the fraud after the fact. So, no preferential treatment, no deliberate intervention by officials, not corruption. Not good, but not corruption.

Also of note, the $130 billion is not the amount of corruption, it is the cost to the economy in loss of growth.

about 7 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

Damarkus13 Re: "probably" much higher? (196 comments)

The article is about corruption (bribing officials and whatnot) not fraud.

So, that doesn't really put anything in perspective.

about 7 months ago
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Google Planning To Remove CSS Regions From Blink

Damarkus13 Re: Editorial bias... (249 comments)

Yes, 70% of browsers supported regions, but that leave 30% that don't. If you're designing a website that ~1/3 of users can not view properly, I think we can assume you're doing something wrong.

This brings us to an issue that the article doesn't seem to address, just how widely used are regions? Is the average Chrome user even going to notice the loss of support?

about 8 months ago

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