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New Evidence Indicates Amelia Earhart Survived For a Time on Pacific Atoll

Edward Teach Re:Tough call (365 comments)

Except that there is a lot of evidence that she was using the radio in the plane for SOS calls. So, the plane survived for at least a few days.

more than 2 years ago
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NVIDIA Gets Away With Bait-and-Switch

Edward Teach Re:Class action lawsuits are rarely good. (336 comments)

That is just dumb. I'm actually a member of this class. I replaced my computer a couple of years ago because it died out of warranty. I never expected to get anything for it and only kept the thing in case I needed parts off of it. So, for very little effort on my part. I get a computer that, although not as good as the one I had, actually works. I don't have the funds to litigate against NVIDIA. If the computer plays movies or will surf the web, then it is already 100% better than the brick that was sitting under my bed. I'll just put Linux on it, lock it down, and send it to my mom for her email and web surfing.

more than 3 years ago
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MySpace Lays Off 47% of Employees

Edward Teach Re:Developers (206 comments)

Ah, so that's how the new Facebook profile got so screwed up!

more than 3 years ago
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MySpace Lays Off 47% of Employees

Edward Teach Re:Developers (206 comments)

Evidently, their job is to make the site so unusable as to give the upper management the reasons they need to fire 500 employees. Seriously, does any one really use Myspace anymore? The only time I go over there is to play Mobsters. I've even de-friended everyone except the four people, two of which I can't get on Facebook.

more than 3 years ago
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Researchers Find a 'Liberal Gene'

Edward Teach Re:Oh, just great (841 comments)

Well, if the dude does come back, what do you think the last thing he will want to see is? Pretty sure that everyone wearing a gold replica of his instrument of death is probably a bad plan.

more than 3 years ago
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Introducing the Invulnerable Evercookie

Edward Teach Re:nietzsche quote applies: (332 comments)

Hmmmm. Sorry, we can't find "horsesluts9.com". We suggest that you check the spelling of the web address or search above.
Now, that's just wrong.

more than 4 years ago
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Skyhook Wireless Sues Google Over Anti-Competitive Practices

Edward Teach Next thing ya know... (228 comments)

Microsoft will be suing Google because Android needs a GMail account to utilize some of its features. God, I can't imagine using Hotmail again. BTW, I'm not so sure about Google's location service. Either I've secretly discovered warp drive or something is screwy. On many occasions, my location randomly bounces from the middle of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

more than 4 years ago
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Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Sell Speeding Passes for $25

Edward Teach Speeding Fee (825 comments)

I already do this for free. For years, I've looked at speeding "fines" as speeding "fees". So, I speed all I want. Every once in a while (has been many years now) one of the fee collectors will stop me and tell me it is time to pay my fee again. I'm not really sure how they determine that it's time again. There doesn't seem to be any logical pattern to the fee schedule.

more than 4 years ago
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Can Employer Usurp Copyright On GPL-Derived Work?

Edward Teach Re:GPL Violation? (504 comments)

If my understanding is correct (not guaranteed by any means), they would only be in violation if they released the binaries. Any work done before he worked for them is his copyright and he could release that but any work done after his hire is theirs and as long as they keep it in house, there is no violation.

more than 4 years ago
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Auto-Scanning the Names People Choose For Their Wireless APs

Edward Teach Reno (422 comments)

When I lived in Reno, there was an access point near my apartment named FBIOPS. Either someone was in trouble or someone has a great sense of humor. Really, who is gonna try to hack that one?

more than 4 years ago
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What Is Time? One Researcher Shares His Exploration

Edward Teach Re:Time (578 comments)

It seemed like the LOL in front of the comment was self evident to me. I guess I just assume other people get the joke. But, if you feel the need to think that I'm one of those "flat worlder's" who doesn't understand the concept of a round earth that rotates, then feel free. I certainly have better things to do that to explain it any further.

more than 4 years ago
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What Is Time? One Researcher Shares His Exploration

Edward Teach Re:Time (578 comments)

LOL, posted at 2:33.

more than 4 years ago
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DARPA Aims for Synthetic Life With a Kill Switch

Edward Teach Re:Kill Switch (295 comments)

I'm not really sure if it is a good thing that I got the Stargate Atlantis reference here.

more than 4 years ago
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DARPA Aims for Synthetic Life With a Kill Switch

Edward Teach But... (295 comments)

Will they dream of electric sheep?

more than 4 years ago
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Why the IRS Should Automatically Fill In Returns With What It Knows

Edward Teach Re:Fair Tax (613 comments)

Also, the United States corporations and rich people have TRILLIONS of dollars parked off shore to avoid federal taxes. That money could come back home. The United States would go from being a country that corporations avoid because of taxes, to being a country that corporations would LOVE to set up in. More jobs here.

more than 4 years ago
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Why the IRS Should Automatically Fill In Returns With What It Knows

Edward Teach Re:Fair Tax (613 comments)

First, they wrote it that way on purpose. Federal taxes right now are inclusive taxes. Normal State sales taxes are exclusive taxes. To make the comparison with current federal taxes, they wrote the bill inclusively (apples to apples). If the tax were figured as an exclusive tax, it would be 30%. Inclusively, it is 23%.

State taxes are figured on the item's price. The Fair Tax is include in the item's price. So, if it is marked at $100 on the shelf, the tax on that is $23, include in the $100 price tag. State sales tax on the item would be ((price - federalTax) * stateSalesTax).

Those taxes include your So So Security tax, Medicare tax, and any other federal tax that comes out of your check now. Your check would be devoid of ANY federal tax.

Used items would NOT be taxed, so the Fair Tax even promotes recycling.

The myths about the Fair Tax are debunked on their web site.

more than 4 years ago
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Why the IRS Should Automatically Fill In Returns With What It Knows

Edward Teach Re:Fair Tax (613 comments)

Of course private transactions are going to be rift with fraud; however, anyone who buys something in a store or gets a service in a store, WILL pay the tax, just like they pay state sales tax now.

BUT!!! Right now, people who earn money strictly in cash transactions don't pay ANY federal tax on it. With the Fair Tax, they WILL pay tax whenever they buy new items or get services. Right now, foreign visitors pay NO federal taxes. This would cause ALL of them to pay taxes here. Right now, corporations pass on the cost of their taxes and the cost of preparing taxes, to us, the consumers, in higher prices. Corporations would no longer have to pay federal taxes on earnings, just on what they buy. They would also not have to spend billions every year preparing their taxes. Those savings, because of competition, will have to be passed on as well.

The best thing about the Fair Tax movement, is that along with the Fair Tax bill is companion legislation to repeal the 16th Amendment; thus, removing Congress' authority to levy an income tax.

more than 4 years ago
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Why the IRS Should Automatically Fill In Returns With What It Knows

Edward Teach Re:Fair Tax (613 comments)

All new goods, and all services, would be part of the tax. That means that EVERYONE who buys anything new, or even gets a haircut, will pay the tax. Including illegal aliens, prostitutes, under the table employees, foreign visitors, EVERYONE.

more than 4 years ago

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Edward Teach Edward Teach writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Edward Teach (11577) writes "I'm an instructor at a western community college that covers a wide area (18,000 square miles) with several campuses and satellite facilities. We have a CS Associates of Science degree that seems to be working well as a transfer degree. Since it is a transfer degree, it is tuned to match the four-year institution to which we primarily feed students and cannot be tweaked very much.

On the other hand, we have the ability to create terminal degrees (cannot transfer to a four-year institution) that are primarily directed at building job skills. These are two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees but we also have the ability to create four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degrees that are terminal (cannot be applied to a master's program). My current plan, for my area of expertise, is to create a Computer Information Technology degree with an emphasis (option) in software engineering and an emphasis in web development. Other faculty are working in the networking and convergence areas so I'm not going to step on their toes.

We currently teach Java, C++, and Visual Basic 2005, Web development courses, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, Database Concepts, etc. I plan on introducing C# and PHP in the near future. The question is, given that these degrees are not restricted by four-year institutions and are primarily occupational training, what would the Slashdot crowd put into these type of degrees. Have fun and make it a wish list. Keep in mind that these are primarily occupational degrees and are targeted at giving people the skills they need to get a new job or a promotion. We have room for three to four courses per semester due to general education requirements."

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