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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Dynedain Re: There is no single "fair" value. (602 comments)

Wow - making judgmental calls on my beliefs based on what I say about logic.

You realize this all stemmed from you claiming the Bible recommends a gold standard and I merely refuted your claim.

That has absolutely nothing to do with my individual belief system (which you're absolutely wrong about) and is intentionally going off-topic so that you can feel you won some kind of argument.

3 days ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Dynedain Re: There is no single "fair" value. (602 comments)

As soon as you start hand-waving away and justifying portions you don't agree with (like the slavery example you just mentioned), you have opened the door for *any* portions to be justified away in the same manner. There is nothing in the Bible that instructs "follow this part, but ignore the previous page."

The Bible cannot be used as a basis of logic and directive on human behavior for this very reason. It can be a fantastic tool for study, for allegorical lessons, for cautionary warnings, for a supplementary tool, and especially as the guiding principals of religious belief, but not as a logical basis for extrapolation into how people or cultures should act.

5 days ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Dynedain Re: There is no single "fair" value. (602 comments)

The Bible clearly lays out mandatory tithing . Wether a particular denomination or church follows that practice is something altogether different.

But it's completely wrong to claim that the Bible discourages taxation while ignoring what the Bible says about tithing. Not to mention the whole "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's" goes against your servitude argument as well.

Hint: The Bible is inconsistent with itself in many ways. As a result, trying to use the Bible as foundation or any set of rules or behaviors requires making effectively arbitrary decisions as to which conflicting passages should be used or how they should be interpreted.

about a week ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Dynedain Re: There is no single "fair" value. (602 comments)

The Bible also pushed for mandatory taxation, sorry, I meant tithing, to the prevaling religious power.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

Dynedain Re:YOUR BROWSER is supplying this information... (100 comments)

Your browser supplies HTML5 Geolocation. But it sounds like the submitter is having problems with GeoIP detection. That's a server-side issue and relies on subscription databases for identifying where physically on the globe an IP might map to. It's also horribly inaccurate as the submitter has found.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

Dynedain IP Detection is different from HTML5 (100 comments)

Short Answer:
Signup for a VPN or Proxy service with an exit point in the region you want.

Longer Answer:
IP-based geography detection (GeoIP for short) depends on the databases and services that various providers are leveraging. It's inherently inaccurate. Good luck getting these fixed as there are a bunch of different services (including the W3C) that you would need to get updated. Are you sure your routing exit point isn't actually in Ireland? My company's IP address maps to an exit point in San Francisco, even though I'm located in Los Angeles.

HTML5 location detection is pretty accurate, insofar as it relies on your browser to tell the site/service where you are. You should be able to force that setting in your browser.

about a month ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

Dynedain Re:Simple fix (158 comments)

You spend money on food regardless if you have any income. Ergo, food expenses are not direct costs associated with your income.

If you have to wear a uniform to your job, and pay for it yourself, then it is certainly tax deductible. Just like travel, meals, etc.

Rule of thumb - if you could do without it when unemployed, but it's required for your *particular* employment, then it's a direct expense that you can probably deduct.

about a month ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

Dynedain Re:Here's why (468 comments)

The problem is that most voters simply don't know what to care about. Voters worry about irrelevant issues like abortion, gay marriage, inequality, and racism, while not worrying enough about the stuff that matters, like banking regulation, tax policy, nepotism, and crony capitalism.

That's not true, and it's a tired trope I keep hearing over and over. Voters do care, but they care about different things. Some people care more about sociological issues, whereas others care more about socioeconomic issues.

about a month and a half ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

Dynedain Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (179 comments)

Their month-to-moth offer is still Unlimited, and says so in the language. And I have the opportunity to sign a new contract, and lock in the same service (for example, to subsidize a phone).

They are trying to use contract language to redefine Unlimited to mean something other than Unlimited, but still call it Unlimited to avoid.

With current LTE speeds, it is possible to hit the "soft" threshold for a monthly data use in less than 90 seconds.

If they want everyone off the plan, they could change the terms and call it "Throttled" and not be lying. But they want to have their cake and eat it too. They know that if they truly ended the plans, customers would take the opportunity to walk to another carrier.

about 1 month ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

Dynedain Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (179 comments)

I have Grandfathered Unlimited with AT&T. They're screwing us.

Unlimited used to mean Unlimited. Now "Unlimited" means if you use more data than our basic tiered plan, we are going to arbitrarily throttle your speeds to those available when you first bought into the plan (Edge, vs LTE).

It is very clearly a reduction of service for "Unlimited" users to encourage them to drop the plan for the tiered pricing, which has no speed restrictions. Verizon just got slapped around by the FCC for doing this. AT&T is due.

Back in dial-up days, companies tried the same kind of crap and got punished for it. Eventually ISPs shifted to truly unlimited plans. Later, rinse, and repeat.

about 1 month ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Dynedain Re:easy workaround. (324 comments)

I hope that was a joke.

The VPN traffic itself would be taxable traffic through your ISP. VPN just masks the content and final destination of the traffic. It doesn't mask the fact that there is traffic to begin with.

about 2 months ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Dynedain Re:This is insane. (324 comments)

If every employee suddenly were running up internet costs, you can bet your ass companies will start blocking internet access unless you go through the hassle of proving you need it.

Say goodbye to free wifi at coffee shops.

Your phone would be affected as well, so there goes more skyrocketing costs.

No-one will download security updates if they now have to pay for the transmission.

The result of this would be the internet in the affected country reverting to user behaviors, features, and services from 10 years ago as it would introduce a sever stifling effect on data usage. Your described pattern would be what most people would do, and the internet as we've grown to know it would die.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

Dynedain Find a suitable service (104 comments)

Event signup (free)
https://www.eventbrite.com/

Have them start with that, and then ask them what does or doesn't work.

Then, estimate labor to build, maintain, and support custom work.

about 2 months ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Dynedain Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (399 comments)

This was a big plot point in a scifi novel I read years ago. A group of people willingly underwent amputation to reduce the mass of legs, allowing them to add more people to their launch crew.

If I remember correctly, there is a staged automobile accident, causing the main character to lose his legs (not knowing it was intentional) resolving the problem of being separated from the love interest who would be on the shuttle.

This is really going to bother me until I can remember what novel it was.

about 2 months ago
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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

Dynedain Re:drone pilot (79 comments)

They've already been around for years. A few extra sensor provided by the drone kit instead of the iPhone. This just makes them cheaper because your kit doesn't need as many sensors.

about 2 months ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

Dynedain Re: Missing option (219 comments)

The only objective meaning of life is to procreate and continue one's own genetic legacy.

Consciously being able to control and plan for this beyond an individual's lifespan is an incredible achievement for the evolutionary process. Having that capability, and not exercising it, is effectively suicide.

By observing any celestial body in our solar system, we can virtually guarantee that Earth will experience a humanity-ending event. Not taking action to continue our species past such an event, when we have the capability to do so, is effectively suicide.

about 2 months ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

Dynedain Re: Missing option (219 comments)

No, escaping the Earth is not an option for the human race to survive. Massive immigration to other planets and stellar systems is not and will never be feasible.

Survival of the human race is not the same thing as mass emigration.

If a large comet hit the Earth tomorrow, humanity as a species would be gone. If we have self-sustainable colonies on other planets, the species would survive, even though the vast majority is wiped out. No one is proposing that we can save all of humanity in event of a catastrophe. That clearly is impossible. However we certainly should take steps to ensure the survival of our species. If we don't, then what's the point of evolving to have the capabilities and self-awareness to do so?

about 2 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Dynedain Re:I disagree (549 comments)

I understand the difference between authentication and authorization. Onsite signup provides both authentication and authorization in a single process. 3rd party signup (OpenID) can *only* provide authentication, it can never provide authorization. An additional step is required tIn this regards it's no different from shared public keys.

OpenID is more complicated for the end user to manage, AND it puts additional technical burden on them to understand. How am I (the average user, not the site admin) supposed to know my OpenID is compromised? How do I fix it? How do I know the server that provides my OpenID is compromised? Keeping track of a password phrase is fundamentally a much simpler problem for the end user. Where do you want to place more burden of responsibility? Site operators, or end users?

You're saying that you don't want Google to trust authentication from anywhere else because you want to trust that any authentication coming from Google is equivalent to valid authorization, which helps you prevent spambots from signing up for your service

No, I'm saying as a site owner, I don't want to trust authorization from just anywhere, because logged-in users are core to my service model. To make things easier on my users, I allow signups with common third party ID services, because I understand their authorization mechanisms. But now I've sacrificed my control over my users.

Fully peer-to-peer authorization (which is what OpenID provides) is effectively fully-public authorization. In which case, if it's public, why do you even need peer-to-peer authentication?

Again, we're saying the same thing about the fundamentals of the mechanism and problems. But we differ in our beliefs on the motivations. You say the failure of OpenID is malicious intent on the part of the big corporate players to create locked-in ecosystems. I say that's a side effect and the failure stems from the inherent need of a site owner (big or small) to effectively manage their userbase with minimal burden on the users.

about 2 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Dynedain Re:I disagree (549 comments)

No, you misunderstand me.

If I trust Google IDs, and allow people to signup to my site with Google IDs, that is a fairly good way of limiting malicious bots from signing up on my site. But I've now accepted Google's signup policies as my own.

When Google suddenly lets spammers create 1000s of IDs, my site is now vulnerable to massive automated signups. Because I have no way of identifying a legitimate Google ID user from a spam Google ID user. I have offloaded my trust to Google.

Multiply that out to an infinite number of ID providers, and it makes relying on logins for user verification a useless exercise. At that point, I need an additional channel of confirmation (hence the "2" in "2 factor authentication").

The problem isn't trust. The problem is that these companies want walled gardens that they control.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. If I don't trust Facebook or Google's account creation policies to prevent Nigerian spammers from creating spambot accounts, how in the world could I ever expect them to trust mine? It has nothing to do with a walled garden, and everything to do with trusting a 3rd party to have good policies in place.

about 2 months ago

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