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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

KamikazeSquid Re:Interference (125 comments)

(their PR department probably scans slashdot)

I suspect that you are overestimating Slashdot's relevance to the general public.

2 days ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

KamikazeSquid Re:See mom? (113 comments)

It said he made "about half of 1 percent of the value of all the share transactions done by individuals on the Tokyo Stock Exchange." That's not the same thing.

3 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

KamikazeSquid Re:Fine! (363 comments)

Gates doesn't even control the company anymore.

5 days ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

KamikazeSquid Re:huh? (269 comments)

This was modded as funny, but I would say that it's actually insightful.

5 days ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

KamikazeSquid Re:The luxury of money (154 comments)

They probably counted each spell multiple times, one time for each upgrade ... Fireball 1, Fireball 2, Fireball 3, etc.

about a week ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

KamikazeSquid Re:Solution (407 comments)

No, that's a terrible idea. With income tax, you can lighten the tax burden on those most affected by using tax rates that scale with your income. If everyone just pays a flat sales tax rate, the poor bear most of the economic burden. Plus, if we eliminate income tax, we have to raise sales tax to cover the deficit, so pretty soon we'll all be paying 20% (or higher) sales tax.

Think of it this way; if you make $24,000 a year, a 20% tax that reduces your income to $18,000 a year is a much greater burden than it is to someone who makes $200,000 a year and has their income reduced to $150,000 a year.

about a week ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

KamikazeSquid Re:I like... (643 comments)

What if the police got to the scene of a crime after the victim (a black man) managed to turn the tables on the attacker (a white woman) and the only thing the camera saw was the victim (a black man) attacking the attacker (a white woman) in a panicked frenzy? Camera and the police says the victim (a black man) is the attacker, therefore the victim (a black man) gets arrested. Investigation? Why conduct one when the police (partly) caught a black man beating a white woman on camera?

How is this any different from the current situation? Currently, said officer will simply testify in court, "I arrived at the scene and the only thing I saw was a black man attacking a white woman in a panicked frenzy."

At least, with the camera solution, we can be 100% sure that the officer isn't telling a flat-out lie when they say something like that in court.

about a month ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

KamikazeSquid Re:Short term (506 comments)

I'm 26. I started driving when I was 17, and my Dad gave me a used car when I moved out at 18. By the time I was 19, I sold the car. In the past 7 years, I've relied almost exclusively on public transportation, and only operated vehicles on a couple of different occasions; these were rental vehicles that I used to move my furniture from one apartment to another.

about a month ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

KamikazeSquid Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (441 comments)

That analogy doesn't work, at all. Immigration reform has nothing to do with the social construct of property ownership. I have no objections to the concept of property ownership. I just think that all of this anxiety about letting people into the country is completely illogical and rooted in irrational fear more than it is rooted in an actual understanding of economics and national policy.

about a month ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

KamikazeSquid Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (441 comments)

Most H1B workers I have met would prefer to immigrate to this country and become permanent residents, but unfortunately an H1B visa was their only option.

about a month ago
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Researchers Made a Fake Social Network To Infiltrate China's Internet Censors

KamikazeSquid Re: I skipped to the ending (49 comments)

What? Dude, no. Government censorship is a huge human rights issue. Any research or investigative journalism that uncovers more details about it in any context is a good thing.

about a month ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

KamikazeSquid Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (441 comments)

I'm pretty sure that doesn't make any sense. How, exactly, will allowing foreign nationals to move to the United States and seek employment cause harm?

Ultimately, these arguments usually come down to something like this: if people from less developed nations move into the United States and seek employment, the increased supply of labor will reduce the average cost of labor within the country and increase the burden on our public services. This is bad for the people who already live in the United States, so those people should stay in their less-developed nation, where they will have a lower quality of life but they won't reduce our own quality of life.

In other words, it's nationalist bullshit that places greater importance on the quality of life for U.S. citizens, simply because they were born in this nation and those other people weren't born in this nation. We're willing to let people outside of our borders starve to death, as long as it means that we won't suffer even the most marginal decline in our own quality of life. It's selfish, and the entire process of thought relies on an "us vs. them" mentality which places a lower value on the life of someone who lives outside the arbitrary borders of this country. Ultimately, allowing people to move more freely between countries will foster a greater emphasis on the importance of global welfare, instead of taking this "us vs. them" mentality that places the utmost importance on the welfare of our own citizens and is indifferent to the suffering of the global population.

I might add that a huge portion of this country used to arbitrarily belong to Mexico, but we conquered that territory in the Mexican-American War, taking over huge sections of territory that weren't even part of the initial dispute over the exact location of the Texan border. Now, in the modern era, immigrants traveling to the United States from Mexico is a huge cause for concern in the U.S., with people concerned that they're going to "take our jerbs", when in reality, those people are just trying to migrate into territory that originally belonged to their nation in the first place, before we took it by force of arms.

Furthermore, all of this anxiety that immigrants are going to ruin our economy is essentially unfounded in the first place, and is repeated ad nauseam by people with little understanding of economics who are making policy arguments that are based on ideologies that have been spoon-fed to them, about issues that they don't know anything about. The National Economic Council, the Domestic Policy Council, the President's Council of Economic Advisers, and the Office of Management and Budget published a joint report in 2013 which explains why immigration reform will ultimately strengthen the economy.

about a month ago
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Researchers Made a Fake Social Network To Infiltrate China's Internet Censors

KamikazeSquid Re: I skipped to the ending (49 comments)

How on earth does this make him a "scumbag" and why do you want his career to fail, exactly?

about a month ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

KamikazeSquid Re:We already know how to prevent cancer (185 comments)

See, now you're just part of the problem I was talking about. Reducing your risk for cancer by eating well or abstaining from tobacco use is not "pseudo-science," and by claiming that it is, you're just encouraging people to continue making poor decisions while they wait around for a "cure for cancer," when they could start reducing their risk right now by making important lifestyle changes.

The linked article is from the Mayo clinic ... one of the most well-known and respected hospitals in the United States.

about a month ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

KamikazeSquid Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (441 comments)

Ugh. I'm so sick of all this nationalist bullshit. Why are we so afraid of the global economy? People should be free to move between different countries and seek employment at will. Ultimately, it's better for the world if we break down these artificial barriers.

about a month ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

KamikazeSquid Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (441 comments)

Dear Gods, your font. Why do you have that font. That is the worst font ever, it hurts my eyeballs. Monospaced fonts are obsolete for a reason.

Where is your marketing department? Do they know that you're posting on /. with that horrible, eye-melting font? Why did they let you out. Why.

about a month ago

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