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

Fjandr Re:Over 18 (615 comments)

The IRS doesn't recognize incapacity to make agreements.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Fjandr Re:Blacksmithing (723 comments)

You don't need good charcoal to produce basic tools. As for making good charcoal, all that takes is time and manual labor once you know how the process works. I suppose there are those who think anything requiring manual labor is hard, but I'm not one of them.

  As for the pejoratives, you should look in the mirror first if you're going to trot them out. They almost always apply more easily to the person using them.

Nothing in my comment implied anyone would work from scratch in normal circumstances. The discussion is not about normal circumstances. You can make basic tools when you have nothing but primitive materials. Period.

Unless all the iron and steel in the world magically disappears in this hypothetical catastrophe, mining ore isn't an issue. Getting metal to work with is trivial, and would remain so after just about any catastrophe.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Fjandr Re:Blacksmithing (723 comments)

Yes, I meant raw iron or steel, not actual ore. Though if you actually have ore it's relatively easy to smelt and use for primitive tools.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Fjandr Re:Blacksmithing (723 comments)

A decent blacksmith needs nothing but raw materials. Producing charcoal is easy, as is making basic tools from scrap. With those basic tools, advanced tools can be made. Anyone who believes otherwise has never met a real blacksmith. Graduating from apprenticeship requires actually making your own tools from raw materials.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Fjandr Re:Themes... (450 comments)

The point was the re-training cost to Linux is less than the re-training cost to Win8.

5 days ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

Fjandr Re:We are the geeks, we are not tools for non-geek (465 comments)

There are a lot of people who find the false drama of unreality shows to be an utter turn-off. I would have loved to watch something like this without the injection of false drama. Unreality TV plays to the least common denominator, which is why they tend to perform poorly when targeting technically literate people as a demographic.

about two weeks ago
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Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

Fjandr Re:How dare they make the user experience better (205 comments)

It wasn't someone random who fails to understand what "analogy" means after all. Usually the person to whom a response is addressed doesn't walk right into something like that. Bravo.

about two weeks ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

Fjandr Re:and they care why? (367 comments)

She "allowed" them to use her password in the same way you might "allow" an armed robber to use your credit card.

about two weeks ago
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Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

Fjandr Re:How dare they make the user experience better (205 comments)

Yup, there's only so many ways you can make a keyboard. Ergo, anyone copying the key bevel and switch technology is justified in doing so. After all, there's no difference between the tactile feel of Cherry switches and cheap membrane switches, just to name one single aspect of keyboard tech.

Oh, wait...

(Cue someone random popping in to say a cellphone doesn't use a full-size keyboard, failing completely to understand the concept of an anaolgy.)

about two weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

Fjandr Re:Are we not advanced enough to use UTC Time? (310 comments)

Unified time would unify the date, though only if the entire world made the change.

Depending on the location and time of day, determining the date is an issue with the current system too, though.

about a month ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

Fjandr Re:Are we not advanced enough to use UTC Time? (310 comments)

People would only be confused until those used to the current system (and unable/unwilling to learn a new one) died off.

All we need is a 24-hour clock, and anyone giving a time to anyone else would simply note their zone (0-23). Determine the difference in the two zones, and the larger zone subtracts that many hours to figure out the relative time of day at the other location (and vice versa). There are other ways to calculate the relative difference in daylight/working time between locations too. Some are easier for certain people than others, and some are easier depending on whether or not the difference is =12.

Both systems obviously have pros and cons. The current one means people don't have to calculate anything to know whether it's day or night when already talking to someone. Coordinating action, especially if more than two locations are involved, can take significant calculation though. Changing to a unified time system makes coordination a snap, at the expense of immediately being able to tell the relative daylight/working time in another location.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Fjandr Re:Good web browsers. (531 comments)

Well, the current incarnation of Opera is based on Chrome, but they've made a lot of positive changes to the code base. I don't really use Chrome much though, so I'm not sure exactly how Deep the differences go.

about a month ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

Fjandr Re:last thing? (294 comments)

And anyone who says Ibuprofen or Tylenol works better for them is likely a DEA shill or got placebos, because that's a load of crap. I can understand the nausea, yes, but to say opioids are less effective than over the counter counter analgesics is ridiculous.

That's not entirely true. There are people who do not metabolize opioids effectively. They are, however, very rare. I'd guess most people who say the above actually have little or no experience with opiate painkillers, and are instead spouting BS they heard from someone else in order to look informed.

about a month and a half ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

Fjandr Re:Time released (294 comments)

Standard release opiates are far more potent, because they are absorbed far more quickly. An SR tablet produces 3x the concentration as an ER tablet, because they're metabolized 3x as quickly.

Or perhaps the opiates I use are voodoo and work in exactly the opposite manner they do for everyone else.

about a month and a half ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

Fjandr Re:Typical Pharmaceutical Co. Logic (294 comments)

Visit a chronic pain clinic. Until then, fuck right the hell off.

about a month and a half ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

Fjandr Re:It's just a tool I guess (294 comments)

Yeah, that was one thing that annoyed me about the article. 5x the strength of what? Codeine? Hydrocodone? Morphine? Oxycodone? Hydromorphone? Fentanyl? Buprenorphine? Carfentanil?

For an actual answer, according to the description of the person above claiming to have been in the trial (assuming they're correct in the dosing comparison) it's about half the potency of oxycodone.

about a month and a half ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

Fjandr Re:Hmm placebo? (294 comments)

Looks like you're not aware of how opiates work.

about a month and a half ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

Fjandr Re:It's just a tool I guess (294 comments)

You cannot use non-opiate placebos for control in opiate trials. Not only would it be blindingly obvious to everyone involved who was on the control, it would also violate every standard of medical ethics.

about a month and a half ago

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Cell phones turn teens into sex offenders

Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Fjandr (66656) writes "In yet another example of boneheaded administrative behavior, six students from Greensburg Salem High School, PA were arrested and charged with juvenile possession of child pornography. A student had a cellphone on in class, which was confiscated. The phone was searched by school staff, at which point pictures of nude or semi-nude female students were discovered. During the subsequent investigation, additional phones were seized and searched, leading police to arrest 3 female students who took pictures of themselves and 3 males students who received the pictures. Police in this case say that students receiving such pictures should turn their fellow classmates in to be arrested and charged.

Similar cases have occurred in Ohio and Indiana.

Some of these charges carry with them the label of "sex offender," and mandatory lifetime registration on the sex offender lists. Is this really the approach we want to take in disciplining our teenagers?"

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Sometimes you just have to laugh

Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  about 2 years ago

Well hello there Slashdot Journal, long time no see!

Somewhat surprisingly, given the nature of Internet forums, I don't encounter too many people of this ... let's say ... caliber. At least not directly. I guess I caught Sexconker on what appears to be (at least from a perusal of their comments as they exist at this moment) a very rare non-dickish post. Well, there's still the ubiquitous swearing in it, but it was targeted at people who, to be fair, usually actually are assholes of some stripe or another.

The chain of posts starts here. It's actually fairly reasonable, allowing some license for what appears to be a decided lack of foresight. That is, until you get to the end. As a result of my disagreeing that a GPU can perform all operations available to the newer ARM processors (specifically access-controlled states and the use of specific cryptographic instructions), I "don't get it." As a result, I am worthy of nothing but the derision of a "lolbro you dumb."

The irony of that statement made me chuckle a bit. Sometimes, you just have to laugh...

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Hhrrrrmm?

Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  more than 9 years ago

So soon on the heels of my first freak comes my second!

Alas, I can point to no specific comment for what picked this one up, only that according to his journal I (or anyone else on his foe list) have engaged in "assholery."

The really interesting thing is that he claims this is because it helps him avoid people he'd rather not read, and yet also claims that he reads at -1. The only thing I can come up with is that he must see the little yellow dot and use Jedi mind tricks on himself to be oblivious to the content ... or scroll really fast.

Anyway, looking through his recent posts uncovered this gem of moderation. It is absolutely stupefying that this guy posts a completely relevant rebuttal to another post using an exact quotation of the Slashdot FAQ and gets modded to 0, Troll!

I still find things on this site to bring wonderment to my jaded mind. Heh...

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My first freak! And a comment on moderation...

Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Both are related to this comment: #11630402

My first freak is Walles (99143) as a result of that comment! :)

Maybe it's because I made indirect fun of lythander (21981) and disagreed with b-baggins (610215), in the same story. Both are his friends.

*shrug*

As for someone moderating my comment troll, here's Wiki on trolls. Last I checked, disliking the opinion in a comment does not automatically make it a troll.

I relate all this not because I really care, but because it's all highly amusing. Karma-stalking or not? Make of it what you will... :)

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Discourse on voluntary servitude, excerpt

Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Poor, wretched, and stupid peoples, nations determined on your own misfortune and blind to your own good! You let yourselves be deprived before your own eyes of the best part of you revenues; your fields are plundered, your homes robbed, you family heirlooms taken away. You live in such a way that you cannot claim a single thing as your own; and it would seem that you consider yourselves lucky to be loaned your property, your families, your very lives.

All this havoc, this misfortune, this ruin, descends upon you not from alien foes, but from the one enemy whom you yourselves render as powerful as he is, for whom you go bravely to war, for whose 'greatness'you do not refuse to offer your own bodies unto death.

He who thus domineers over you has only two eyes, only two hands, only one body, no more than is possessed by the least man among the infinite numbers dwelling in your cities; he has indeed nothing more than the power that you confer upon him to destroy you.

Where has he acquired enough eyes to spy upon you, if you do not provide them yourselves? How can he have so many arms to beat you with, if he does not borrow them from you? The feet that trample down your cities, where does he get them if they are not your own? How does he have any power over you except through you? How would he dare assail you if he had no cooperation from you? What could he do to you if you yourselves did not connive with the thief who plunders you, if you were not accomplices of the murderer who kills you, if you were not traitors to yourselves?

You sow your crops in order that he may ravage them, you install and furnish your homes to give him goods to pillage; you rear your daughters that he may gratify his lust; you bring up your children in order that he may confer upon them the greatest 'privilege' that he knows - to be led into his battles, to be delivered to butchery, to be made the servants of his greed and the instruments of his vengeance; you yield your bodies unto hard labor in order that he may indulge in his delights and wallow in his filthy pleasures; you weaken yourselves in order to make him the stronger and the mightier to hold you in check.

From all these indignities, such as the very beasts of the field would not endure, you can deliver yourselves if you try, not by taking action, but merely by willing to be free. Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands on the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces. [emphasis mine]

Éttiene de La Boétie, Discours de la Servitude Voluntaire (1552), translated, formatted for readability

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Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Well, it appears that miracles can happen. I didn't get the whole story, but it seems my father blew a gasket the last time he went to the DMV. He finally got some higher-up schmuckety schmuck and ran them through the ringer. Said schmuckety schmuck apparently saw the logic in using his own discretion to accept a US passport as proof of legal residence.

I've completely given up on the intelligence of Americans, so instead of being consistently disappointed, I can instead find myself pleasantly surprised on the rare occasions when they act in a manner other than abject idiocy.

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Crack monkies hard at work

Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  more than 9 years ago A little history: I applied for an Idaho State driver's license on 12-06-2004. I don't have a Social Security number, and Idaho requires a letter from the Social Security Administration confirming this fact before issuing a license. After many hours of the comedy of errors that is the SSA, I left the building with said letter.

Upon actual application, I presented my valid out-of-state license and the SSA letter confirming my lack of a Social Security number to the nice lady staffing the office. The letter, being hand-written by a Social Security employee, was my only expected point of failure in the whole process. The examiner didn't even blink at it, but accepted it at face value.

This is where the story starts to get interesting, because only after the one non-certified document was accepted did things start to go horribly, horribly wrong. Slowly, at first, and then with stunning rapidity.

The license I was surrendering was a brand new 2004 model. The examiner's book of out-of-state licenses was last updated in 2002, and my previous home state changed their license format in 2004.

After much rummaging, the pady put a call in to the central office in Boise. After several minutes talking (quite clearly) in hushed tones, she described the license and they agreed that it seemed to be authentic.

Apparently accepted, I was handed the written examination (the easiest I've ever taken), and left shortly thereafter with my new soon-to-be-national-ID card.

Three days after getting my new license, I left Idaho to visit my fiancee through New Year. A couple days later I get a call saying that mail has arrived for me from my insurance company and from the DMV. Having titled my truck the same day I got my license, I figured they were sending me the title. Pretty snappy service, huh?

So I ask for the DMV envelope to be opened, and lo-and-behold it's a notice saying I have one month to appear with proof of legal presence or have my license cancelled. Apparently the visa (??) I used didn't give me the right to apply for a license. Visa? Where the hell did they get the idea I was an alien?

Oh, wait, I don't have a Social Security number, that means I must not be a US citizen. Makes perfect sense, I get that all the time.

So, I ask my father to take my certified US birth certificate and my US passport down to the licensing office to get the question of my citizenship straightened out. Should be pretty simple, as unless you're a spook it's fairly difficult to get a US passport. Should be good enough for a lowly DMV clerk in Idaho, right?

<ranting starts somewhere around this area>

Wrong!

My birth certificate is one of those old ones that's hand written. Actually, it's a photocopy of a handwritten birth certificate. However, it's also embossed (physically imprinted) with the State Seal of the state I was born in. Good enough for the State Department, should be good enough for Idaho State, right?

Wrong again!

While he's at the DMV, the clerk tells my father that, because of the 9/11 attacks, and the fact that my previous state DMV didn't absolutely require a birth certificate to obtain a license, they have to verify that I'm a US citizen.

That's all fine and well, but my valid US passport isn't good enough. It has to be a certified US birth certificate. That's there too! Apparently my birth certificate was no good either because, even though it was certified with the State Seal, it was hand-written. What else can you expect with someone who was born at home in the era before computerization?!

That's alright, you can get a new birth certificate from your state of birth! How long will it take? 4-14 weeks! How much will it cost? An arm and a leg! What proof is required? 2 utility bills (or US passport, or valid driver's license)!

What? 2 utility bills is all that stands in my way of absolute "proof" of my identity? Do you know how easy it is to get a utility in a false name? And they still won't accept a US passport, one of the most secure documents available to your average US citizen! Welcome to the USA, land of bureaucratic ignorance!

So let's break this down: I have a valid license from Idaho, because they haven't cancelled it yet (there's an extension till this is resolved). They want a birth certificate to prove I'm a US citizen. I can get a birth certificate with a copy of the Idaho license, the one that's not "really" valid until I show a copy of a birth certificate, which I can get with ... ad nauseam.

Do you see a problem with the logic here? This logic was even pointed out to the lady at the DMV. May I recommend NEVER attempting logic with a government official regarding regulations. There is no logic in regulations, and they tend to be very offended when you point things like this out.

Fortunately, my father can request a copy of my birth certificate, and so I don't have to leave the state I'm in to deal with this (yet). We'll see how they handle being told the absolute earliest (according to the state of my birth) I can get a "new" birth certificate to them is another month. Wouldn't surprise me if the cancel my license, sticking me in another state with my vehicle and without a valid license.

Crack monkies, I tell you!

<end rant>

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