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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

ImprovOmega Re:So what they're really saying. (212 comments)

Yeah it's a funny thing - management screwed up, obviously the solution is to fire all of the workers.

2 days ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

ImprovOmega Re:I'm not a lawyer, but I play one on the Interne (214 comments)

No, ignorance of the contract is a defense - without a meeting of the minds there is no contract. Ignorance of the law will still absolutely get you penalized, incarcerated, etc. if you break it. But in one case you're talking about a private party or company and yourself, in the other you're talking about your relationship to the state.

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

ImprovOmega Re:Good (630 comments)

No, the government won't deport the child because the child is a U.S. citizen. They can and do deport the parents all the damn time.

And that "policy" is enshrined in a constitutional amendment. Good luck getting that changed.

5 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

ImprovOmega Re:Groaning all the way (385 comments)

Mostly because they don't know all your deductions. For most Americans they know your wages (W-2/1099) and certain deductions (mortgage interest, education expenses, and any charity big enough to actually file charitable contributions with the IRS). But there's a lot of deductions they wouldn't know about - dependents (especially qualifying adult dependents), child care expenses, charitable giving to smaller organizations like local churches, or item donations to charitable groups like the Salvation Army. For those reasons they can't just auto-compute everyone's taxes yet. But give it time. When every micro transaction is automatically logged all of your tax liability will be computed and deducted from your paycheck in advance. Hopefully not too long after that we'll turn into a post-scarcity society, or else things will get really grim.

5 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

ImprovOmega Re:Had to do paper for a few years (385 comments)

If you're going to pay for TuroTax anyway, it includes the Federal E-Filing in its bundle. They still charge you for state (at least in California).

5 days ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

ImprovOmega Re:So wait, shotguns are more accurate than the bi (307 comments)

Plus it's not like they had proper machining tools to craft that thing with. When it's that big across it can look well enough like a perfect circle while not at all being a perfect circle. So even at that it would well have been a 3:1 ratio with imperfections in its execution.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

ImprovOmega Re:But it is! (641 comments)

I came in here to say this and now that it's been said properly, I will just quietly withdraw. Though I doubt the nut job behind this movie knows enough math to be able to crunch the numbers supporting this.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

ImprovOmega Re:Other states it's legal? (1112 comments)

If you want to call opposing gay marriage being a hate campaign then you'll also have to accept it when the other side calls pro-choice initiatives murder campaigns. Or other similarly stupid word transformations meant to coerce people to your cause.

What was done to Eich was unjust and indefensible. Everyone who had a hand in it should be ashamed of themselves.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

ImprovOmega Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1112 comments)

You know, if you relabel things to suit your wishes you can make anything sound bad. Let's play pretend for a moment - let's say there was a bill introduced that would expand abortion rights for women. This bill ends up being pretty contentious with a razor thin majority voting in favor of it. Now 2 years down the road the abortion bill is overturned by the Supreme Court because politics have changed and now such expansions are frowned upon. Then 4 years after that we find a CEO who donated money to support this bill at the time because he strongly believed that women should have those rights. This causes an uproar in the now-majority and they demand that he be removed from his job because he supported a "murder campaign".

This scenario very closely parallels what happened with Eich, but I highly doubt anyone supporting Eich's ouster would support this hypothetical CEO being kicked. And calling Prop 8 a hate campaign is just as disingenuous and toxic to any meaningful discussion.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

ImprovOmega Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1112 comments)

But he doesn't have the option to withdraw that support after the fact. What if the politics change in another 6 years and now everyone is opposed to gay marriage. Would it then be okay to hunt down people that gave money to oppose Prop 8 and make the step down/resign/quit/be fired? Going back and pursuing campaigns against individuals who opposed your views after the tide shifts in your favor is just plain vindictive. There's no justice or honor in that and it makes you out to be more bigoted and hateful than the people you were opposing in the first place.

Everyone who supported Eich's ouster should be hanging their hypocritical heads in shame.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

ImprovOmega Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1112 comments)

It is unjust to harass or otherwise persecute someone for their political beliefs. By your logic it would be perfectly acceptable to run a CEO out of their job for donating to oppose Prop 8 because free speech. You can't have it both ways. This uproar is rooted in pure hatred and hypocrisy.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

ImprovOmega Re:Other states it's legal? (1112 comments)

Oh, then you also had no problem with people being forced out of their jobs for supporting gay rights in the 80's. No? They you're a hypocrite. The worst atrocities in history have been committed by people convinced they were "morally right" - the Holocaust, the Salem Witch Trials, the Inquisition, the Crusades, 9/11 - do you really want to go down that road with secular humanism as your moral basis? We all know where that road ends and it isn't pretty.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

ImprovOmega Re:Lol... (1112 comments)

I wish you hadn't posted anon, you made a brilliant statement about everything wrong with forcing Eich out of office. Every future thread about this topic should start and end with your post.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

ImprovOmega Re:Politics is people, my friend. (1112 comments)

If you read the relevant California law, donating to a PAC or similar for a ballot initiative is also protected and they cannot make hiring/firing decisions based on it.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

ImprovOmega Re:I think the conversation here is missing the po (1112 comments)

Okay, then when the political winds change you would also consider it "free speech working" if a CEO is forced out because he supported gay marriage once 6 years prior? Because that would be the exact same thing that happened with Eich for a reversed position.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

ImprovOmega Re:I think the conversation here is missing the po (1112 comments)

Okay, they the GLBT community members who took part in this are hypocritical bullies who are using their newfound political favor to engage in the same acts they used to condemn loudly when they were done to their members.

For what it's worth, I'd be equally pissed if Eich was "forced out" for being gay or for donating in opposition to Prop 8. That would be equally wrong to do this for those reasons.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

ImprovOmega Re:Some are more equal than others... (1112 comments)

Donating $1000 to shoot pandas or any other thing you mentioned should be your right and you should not be afraid of losing your job over making such a donation, especially 6 years after the fact.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

ImprovOmega Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1112 comments)

And both are part of the political process. By your logic, everyone that voted for Prop 8 should be fired from their jobs - which would be half the state of California. Incidentally, in California it is illegal to fire someone based on their political activities. That would include donations, voting, campaigning, and other such.

Also, societal definitions of morality are shifting sand. It used to be considered "immoral" to be homosexual. The people who ran gay people out of jobs and ruined their livelihoods used your exact argument as a justification for doing so. Congratulations, you have become what you claim to despise.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

ImprovOmega Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1112 comments)

It's worse than that - at the time it was the majority held view (Prop 8 passed with 52% of the vote). Now, in order to hold down a job you must never hold a position that ever *becomes* the non-majority view. Doing so is apparently grounds for coerced resignation. I'm guessing next everyone that donated to support Prop 8 also deserves to be fired. I'm sick of the inherent hypocrisy in that.

about two weeks ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

ImprovOmega Re:Just need a bigger power supply. (227 comments)

You're not looking at it correctly. You have to consider voltage to get a picture of actual power contained in the device. 2ah * 5v = 10 Wh = 0.01 kWh. For convenience, we look at this in kilowatt*seconds = 36kWs. To charge in 30 seconds would therefore require an absolute minimum of 36kWs/30s = 1.2kW of power. Even with some line losses this will fall well within the output capabilities of a U.S. standard residential plug.

about two weeks ago

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