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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

HexaByte Mandates could be a great thing (584 comments)

Mandates could be a great thing - to those with a lot of old tech guns!

Just think of all the money they can make selling them after the sale of new old-tech guns are outlawed!

about 3 months ago
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US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

HexaByte It's all Bush's fault! (357 comments)

It's all Bush's fault!

I know, I, know, he hasn't been in office for over 5 years now, but that doesn't stop the current administration form blaming everything else on him!

about 6 months ago
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LA building's lights interfere with cellular network, FCC says

HexaByte Re:I blame ... (5 comments)

RTFA dude, is says nothing about fire.

However, the lighting was probably pushed out without being fully tested, - just like BETA!

about 7 months ago
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LA building's lights interfere with cellular network, FCC says

HexaByte I blame ... (5 comments)

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I blame it all on Beta.

about 7 months ago
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An open letter to the management of Slashdot.

HexaByte Re:Noted (14 comments)

onyxruby is correct, we come here for the community of insiders. Change the way /. is, you'll drive us away.

I may be in 6 digit land, but I lurked for years before I joined, and don't want to do thru trying to find another suitable site.

about 7 months ago
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Simple Emergency Generators and Radio Receivers (Video)

HexaByte Re:Alternative to Beta Hell (93 comments)

Can I still get a 4 digit id?

...says the guy with a 7 digit ID.

about 7 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

HexaByte Re:Why? (578 comments)

What? There's an Olympics going on?

I guess if I really cared I'd find a way to watch it.

about 7 months ago
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NSA Abandoned Project to Track Cell Phone Locations

HexaByte Fasle Flag (1 comments)

They're just telling you that to throw you off the track. A couple of terabytes a day go to just that.

about a year ago
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California Outlaws 'Revenge Porn'

HexaByte Re:This law is to prtect Republicans. (528 comments)

This law was passed in California. Republicans there are as rare as Christians in Saudi Arabia!

about a year ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

HexaByte Re:NO. (1191 comments)

Ditto.....times 10 to the 100000.

about a year ago
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PayPal Freezes MailPile's Account

HexaByte Re:"Maybe?" (443 comments)

Also, go fuck yourself. Loser.

No, no no no no! The person is SO messed he/she/it is probably a hermaphrodite, and maybe even so messed up to be a self-fertile one!

We don't need more just like 'em!

about a year ago
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PayPal Freezes MailPile's Account

HexaByte Re: "Maybe?" (443 comments)

Well, we NEED to fix stupid, or else he may reproduce, ant then we'll have more stupids!

about a year ago
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IAB Urges People To Stop "Mozilla From Hijacking the Internet"

HexaByte Re:fud (499 comments)

This is why I now use an add-in that disables all flash unless and until I activate it. Along with ghostery, DoNotTrackMe, adblock plus....

1 year,15 days
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Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

HexaByte Re:Larry on the NSA Spying (692 comments)

More to the point, Larry thinks the NSA program of collecting everything is "excellent" and "necessary".

Of course! You can't do big data with out Oracle DB!

1 year,15 days
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Hacking Lightbulbs To Cause a Sustained Blackout

HexaByte Re:wireless basic needs (115 comments)

Agreed! We want to do everything without getting off of our butts, then complain that we're too fat.

1 year,15 days
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The IRS vs. Open Source

HexaByte Re:Valid Reasons (356 comments)

I think you misunderstand what 501(c)(3)'s are, and how they compare to for-profit corps.Having headed a (c)(3), (c)(4), and for profit companies, maybe I can help.

A not for profit, (any of the (c)'s, they all just exist for differing purposes), is supposed to lose (or more properly use) money for certain purposes for which it is formed. If I form the "Red Wiggler Defense League" to educate people about how modern land use is wiping out that worm, I can incorporate as a (c)(3) educational org and accept donations to fund that effort. I can pay my self a salary as a worker for the org, create worm shaped gimmicks to sell as fund raisers, and even make a profit on them, enough to fund the whole organization, BUT I must put that profit back into the organization and not give it to other people of for profit corps. I can donate some it to the "Earthworm Defense Fund", another (c)(3), or form a (c)(4) that's related and fund it with some of the money, to lobby for changes in the law. I can also abuse the money by giving myself a $250,000 salary, use of an organizationally owned car and home, etc, but you usually only get away with that if you're United Way or the like.

As a (c)(3), my profits are not taxed, because they are all flowing back into my charity work, and not for making me rich. Because I'm a (c)(3), you get to deduct any donations you make to me from your net income for income tax purposes. It's treated just like you didn't make 'X' amount when you file.

As a corporation, all my profits are taxed, but that should not be confused with income. If I spend $600K a year paying for programmers to make my software better, that money is deducted from the income I make to figure my profits. If my company spent 10 million to make 100K, I only got taxed on 100K. I can take that 100K and (after paying corporate taxes on it) return it to investors, buy a competitor, whatever I want. Of course, the Investors will also be taxed on any money they receive from the corp, hence the double taxation of corporate profits.

As a corporation, I can't take donations from others to help make my software better without counting that as income, and possibly adding tax liability to it. As a (c)(3), I can. That's really just about the only advantage of doing my development as a (c)(3) or some other (c) code.

about a year ago
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The Glorious Return of the Twinkie

HexaByte Re:The Not-So-Glorious Reality (528 comments)

The problem is that during times of good profits, the unions negotiate contracts that say: "Our members don't have to pay into a pension fund, it all comes out of future profits".

That way, the unions don't look like thy're scalping the company because their compensation is "only x dollars". However, since the company sooner or later gets real competition, or the product/business model is no longer valid, profits decrease, and they're stuck with staggering payments to retirees, making less money available for the present day workers.

If the workers want a pension fund that's stable, they need to fund it themselves. Put it into the compensation package like they used to, like the Trade Unions still do. The companies pays so much per hour into the Unions run pension plan, and the union pays the retiree. That way if the company folds, your pension is still safe.

about a year ago
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Grocery Delivery Lowers Carbon Dioxide Emissions Over Individual Trips

HexaByte Re:so I can't choose my own food? (417 comments)

If you pile that horse crap on to the garden, it gets very green!

about a year ago
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Grocery Delivery Lowers Carbon Dioxide Emissions Over Individual Trips

HexaByte Re:so I can't choose my own food? (417 comments)

My great granddad delivered to you door with his horse cart - very green! You could go out to the cart and pick out whatever you wanted.

Later, my grandparents had a store. In those days mail was delivered twice a day, so people would send their list in the morning mail, and the store would get it in the afternoon mail. Pop or one my uncles would deliver it by wagon - the kids pull behind type. VERY green!

My grandparents knew each customer, what type of bread, fruit, meat, etc they liked, and that's what they delivered. The old and lessor quality things they consumed themselves. Sometimes, excess of this was donated to the poor, but grandma's best known method of dealing with them was to go over the customer's bills (most ran a tab and paid it off on payday) and sort out those who couldn't pay and tell Dad to "go burn these in the alley before your father find out."

about a year ago

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DNA Patents going to the Supreme Court

HexaByte HexaByte writes  |  about a year and a half ago

HexaByte (817350) writes "The U.S. Supreme Court is getting a case on whether or not patents are valid for human DNA sequences. At issue is whether a company's patent on a human gene that's associated with breast cancer is valid. The company discovered the gene, patented it and is the only legal source of testing for it, because of the patent. Since the gene occurs naturally, (even though only thru mutation) should it be patenetable?"
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Funny and informative article on Mac vs PC users

HexaByte HexaByte writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HexaByte (817350) writes "The differences between Mac and PC users exposed!

A humorous look at the reasons behind the survey findings of Mac and Windows users.

http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2007/09/19/the-differences-between-mac-and-pc-users-exposed

FTA:

Windows users are 20 per cent more interested in stories about religion than Mac users. Thoof thinks that this could be something to do with the occasional brush with a "blue screen of death" which gives Windows users a greater sense of their own mortality.

Windows users are 39 per cent more likely to read a story about personal savings than their Mac using friends. This is probably because Mac users have spent all their savings on the quarterly update of their Ipod, Imac or OSX."

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