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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Greedy bastards ... (400 comments)

Removing the convenience of corporations (limited liability, other laws) may or may not affect their size. It won't affect their speech, which would continue. People using the money of businesses they own to affect laws which affect them.

3 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:I for one . . . (1092 comments)

A number of politicians operate under the belief that if a politician can stir up a transient majority to want something, they should get it...unless it's x, y, or z.

6 hours ago
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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:china has smog, so its clearly chinas fault. (136 comments)

We also invent half the shit that's invented every year. Other nations need to be more like us, not the other way around...if concern for the comman man is your standard.

7 hours ago
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Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Ender's Game (96 comments)

"If you find yourself in a fair fight, you haven't done your homework."

Fuck this frantic shit, build the biggest, most powerful, most advanced, best-trained military. Bigger and better than the next dozen countries combined. Sail the seas and keep the trade routes open.

9 hours ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Greedy bastards ... (400 comments)

Corporations are constituted by people, who do not give up free speech rights when they enggage in busiiness. Congress has no authority to do so because of the first amendment. Congress may not create groups of people then require them to give up free speech as a cost of entry into the group.

As for your example from this week, Congress' ability to force companies to say things is heavily oriented around preventing deception and fraud.

Jamming one's political opinion out the mouth of a corporation is similarly not allowed.

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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:It was a "joke" back then (268 comments)

> "a smartwatchwith a tiny text-oriented interface, QWERTY keyboard, and floppy drive."

I'm pretty sure I've got one of those in my junk drawer.

yesterday
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:the 70's called (335 comments)

Well, I've been warning against any mitigation of gw -- moving inland slowly over 100-300 years is a minor hassle (buildings get old anyway).

But accidentally overshooting and inducing an ice age (which can start in as little as 1-2 years) will actually and rapidly kill billions.

2 days ago
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Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

Impy the Impiuos Imp Blue Harvest (90 comments)

I know a guy who did something similar but they saved the fingers. He ripped through 3 fingers and split the thumb halfway up. The scars lined up rather wincingly, I mean convincingly.

Anyway, the best joke in Family Guy's Blue Harvest is removed in reruns.

At the end, Luke, sitting with robot finishing his new robot hand: Can I try it out?

Robot doctor: I'd try it on a hot dog first.

2 days ago
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Using Supercomputers To Predict Signs of Black Holes Swallowing Stars

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Black Holes Swallowing Stars (31 comments)

She had her apparently black hole bleached.

2 days ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

Impy the Impiuos Imp They like hard western cash. (71 comments)

"Wel'll just pay Russa for flights and save money. What could possibly go wrong?"

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

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Medical doctor (723 comments)

> feeding everyone

Most slashdotters are Apocalypse-Useful -- they've been storing up body fat for emergencies for decades.

2 days ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Cool (164 comments)

Since when is "ironic" a synonym for "sarcastic"? I hear people using it this way recently.

2 days ago
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Neil Gaiman Confirms Movie Talks For Sandman, American Gods

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Series/Movie Reversed? (33 comments)

Nah American Gods is perfect for a modern TV series. They had so damned many with so many funky personalities and behaviors you couldn't really touch on most in a movie.

This will give ample opportunity to explore all the flashback origins and other historical incidents inbetween the ongoing storyline.

2 days ago
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Mr. Schmidt Goes To Washington: A Look Inside Google's Lobbying Behemoth

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:No more lobbyists in the WhiteHouse! (111 comments)

Why do you think people go into power to begin with? To get legal bribes AKA political donations if nothing else. Otherwise they have tens of thousands of ways "your stuff might get broke, ya know?"

This simple theory has much more explanatory and predictive power than the "I wanna serve The People", especially when you look at corruption around the world.

Let's simplify the tax code, getting rid of thousands of loopholes...so we can hand them out all over again. This happens every 30 years or so.

2 days ago
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44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:In other news... (120 comments)

With user IDs well into the millions here, some days I think everybody must post every day.

2 days ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

Impy the Impiuos Imp Gak (236 comments)

From TFA

Meanwhile, GM has said that it has sought the services of a NASA team, to consult on whether the affected vehicles are safe to drive.

This is asinine CYA. It's safer to drive these cars than to unload your dishwasher and take a chance at stumbling and impaling yourself on a knife in the silverware basket.

4 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:"Proof" (590 comments)

A universe of actual physics where quantum potentials exist, even if nothing else, is a far cry from nothing.

Perhaps the question is wrong: why does something exist instead of nothing? This presumes some utter nothingness is the default state from which things must change. Arguably, the brute fact something exists suggests, from causality, something must have always existed.

5 days ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Low even for Slashdot (313 comments)

> she was a part of the most terrifying Republican administration in history,

The South in the Civil War might disagree.

5 days ago
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Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Hardware off switches (152 comments)

Yes. As soon as some new phone is released there's always web sites that rip it apart instantly.

They can add "Verified LED is hardware tied to powering the mic." to their report.

5 days ago
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93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:What does it mean to divest? (214 comments)

Plus it's not their money anyway and god knows where their pension money actually comes from!

"I'm like a bird.
I don't know where my home is.
I don't know where my soul is.
I know my money is from government
And people borrowing hand-over-fist!"

5 days ago

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Lucas sues over portable laser

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "George Lucas has decided to sue a company that produces a powerful, portable laser that, coincidentally, happens to look like a lightsaber hilt. Or not. You be the judge.

It can set things on fire with the best of 'em, though, and, like a real lightsaber, should not be jammed in your eye.

Lucas filed a similar lawsuit last year regarding a laser that was too close to the Death Star, which was thrown out of court on technical grounds."

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Sony To Encase In Carbonite Half The Star Wars: Ga

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "Not surprisingly that it's gone unnoticed for several days, but Sony is apparently merging out of existence half its Star Wars: Galaxies servers. In spite of a number of innovative features (three health bars, choreographable dancing and music coordinatable between several players, "your own R2 unit and 3PO", programmable droids, and so on) a complete overhaul of the combat system, designed to simplify it and make it more action-oriented, actually drove away more people than it attracted. It soon thereafter retired to that great Sony one-fee-for-all stable of aging and also-rans in the sky.

Still on life support, it was preceded in death by Sony foster brother Matrix Online."

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Citystyle

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Went back to City of Heroes after an 8 month interlude in World of Warcraft. Ahh, the freedom of high-speed, true 3D travel. Ooooh, the power of the scrapper class in feeling truly heroic and dominant on the battlefield. You can take your +85 strength swords that increases your damage by 1.2% and, in the words of the Lieutenant, cram it up your ass.

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