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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

Kevin108 I guess I'll just (127 comments)

Have to go back to using ICQ.

about 2 months ago

Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

Kevin108 Could it be because of access issues? (149 comments)

I would think most people have little use for an e-mail address that cannot be accessed from work.

about 8 months ago

Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

Kevin108 We've already paid for high speed infrastructure (361 comments)

In the early 2000s, the federal government gave tax breaks to the then-leading communications giants to install an open high-speed data infrastructure throughout the country. The amount of taxes they didn't collect averaged $2,000 per household. Shortly after that, the companies began sales and mergers. published an article detailing this scam as recently as 2013.

about 8 months ago

U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Kevin108 I blame Mario (635 comments)

The NES was released the same year driving began to decline. Coincidence?

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Kevin108 My recommendations (796 comments)

Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged

Michael Crichton - State of Fear

Cody Lundin - 98.6 Degrees The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive

about 10 months ago

What the Insurance Industry Thinks About Climate Change

Kevin108 It could be climate change... (385 comments)

Or it could just be that telling people "...because of climate change," means you can charge more.

1 year,27 days

Ask Slashdot: Hands-On Activity For IT Career Fair

Kevin108 Keyboard navigation (121 comments)

Have them open a browser and navigate to Slashdot with just a keyboard. That will vex the average user but is simple enough in reality and they'll leave having learned something useful.

about a year ago

Federal Judge Says Interns Should Be Paid

Kevin108 Re:Genius judge (540 comments)

This will lead to a lack of internships; a lack of a way to gain experience before you begin marketing yourself as someone with skill in a given field. For many companies, if they have to pay interns, they simply won't create such positions.

about a year ago

Obama Proposes 'Meaningful Progress' On Climate Change

Kevin108 Odd that (583 comments)

Every other planet in our galaxy, despite the fact that we only live on one, is currently undergoing a warming cycle...

about a year and a half ago

UEFI Secure Boot Pre-Bootloader Rewritten To Boot All Linux Versions

Kevin108 Re:Microsoft controls compoter booting (185 comments)

If this has legs I'm sure you could work with the EFF to get an action item going for contacting our disconnected elected.

about a year and a half ago

How Proxied Torrents Could End ISP Subpoenas

Kevin108 Re:I don't understand (307 comments)

This is a post about privacy when using P2P. How you choose to use the technology is up to you.

about a year and a half ago

Instagram Loses Almost Half Its Daily Users In a Month

Kevin108 Re:Forget the Terms of Service war... (250 comments)

That's what killed the app for me. Different friends have different social media accounts. Posting a photo in Instagram covered 3 of my bases. I was hoping they'd add Google+ integration for the few holdouts. Instead, it went Facebook-only at which point...there was no point.

about 2 years ago

Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug

Kevin108 Re:Arsehole (1051 comments)

Also there's no one developing Linux kernel code that isn't aware of Torvald's style in this respect.

about 2 years ago

Steam For Linux Is Now an Open Beta

Kevin108 Re:It begins..... (353 comments)

I'm not sure why we Linux users need Steam. There's only two games: TuxRacer and "Find the Dependencies."

But seriously, I'm really looking forward to what Steam can do for Linux.

about 2 years ago

Ad Blocking – a Coming Legal Battleground?

Kevin108 If AdBlock is blocked (686 comments)

We'll just go back to editing the HOSTS file.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

Kevin108 Re:Well... (547 comments)

Niche is the secret. In Norfolk, VA there's a place called Naro Expanded Video. I've only been in there once but I was incredibly surprised than in 2005 I could walk in and buy a like-new copy of Mickey's Christmas Carol (albeit on VHS) from 1983. I believe it was finally released on DVD in 2009.

about 2 years ago

Apple Pays Only 2% Corporate Tax Outside US

Kevin108 Taxes rates should be competitive! (432 comments)

If a country wants to lure more businesses inside its borders, it needs to make it worthwhile for the businesses. Taxes are simply an expense. Like any other part or material, a business is likely to shop around for the best deal. Rather than trying to use the law to penalize businesses for sound business practices, a country should seek to make its tax rates competitive on the global scale.

As a business, it takes work and costs money to reduce your tax burden. Clearly Apple has been quite successful at this but it didn't happen for free. Compliance costs might even make a rate here in the US higher than 2% make sense for them and save them money. Clearly our unreasonable 35% rate is enough to make most large businesses jump through myriad hoops to save money and makes for an inhospitable economic environment for many companies who used to be based here.

We need to find what rate would allow companies like Apple to keep their money here and adopt that rate immediately.

about 2 years ago

US Agricultural Economists Say Bacon Shortage Is Hogwash

Kevin108 Re:Nothing to see here (137 comments)

That's not a shortage - that's just market forces. And the cost of a given product has to rise in order to maintain the profit involved in creating said product. If people can't make money doing it, they won't do it. Then we'd have a shortage.

Bacon bacon bacon! We're making the moves on you! You're bacon!

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Clean Up My Work Computer Before I Leave?

Kevin108 Windows or Linux? (547 comments)

If it's Windows, you should be able to boot any Linux distro off a thumb drive and chew up any directories you'd like.

more than 2 years ago

Texas Scientists Regret Loss of Higgs Boson Quest

Kevin108 "Cancelled by Congress" (652 comments)

With every virtually every federal election lies the possibility for massive changes. The fact that such important research was based solely on the availability of government funds shows exquisitely poor planning.

more than 2 years ago


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