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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

Khashishi Re:I would like to see a return... (120 comments)

Easy for you to say. Now tell me, how do you legally define "a" presence. If Pear corp buys a widget from Pear distribution(a wholly distinct entity) corp in Ireland and sells it at cost in the USA, so their revenue is zero, then how much taxes do they owe? Meanwhile, the shareholders of Pear corp happen to coincidentally own shares of Pear distribution, which is making plenty of money.

yesterday
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Khashishi Re:Obviously (585 comments)

You know, a subscription model for light bulbs would actually force the manufacturers to actually care about durability, assuming that the manufacturer is responsible for replacing burned out bulbs. Of course, it wouldn't be worthwhile to apply the system to something as simple as a light bulb.

3 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Khashishi Re:The Government also ruined my washer and dryer (585 comments)

If you want a quality product, look at what the businesses that depend on a quality product get. For washers, that means checking out laundromats. For kitchenware, see what restaurants use. There is no quality in consumer level goods. I'm not really sure about light bulbs--- growers?

3 days ago
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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

Khashishi Re:Who cares about succinctness .... (165 comments)

VHDL has a lot of (useless) metaprogramming. A lot of the standard operators and values are actually defined in header files and stuff. Even things like high and low, if I recall correctly. It's like the designers wanted a language that could describe anything, given the right boilerplates and templates, but didn't care to implement the actual things you need for FPGA programming as built-ins.

5 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Khashishi Re:Book Bans (394 comments)

What's wrong with The Anarchist's Cookbook in an elementary school library? Maybe kids can get inspired to learn some chemistry.

5 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Khashishi Re:Book Bans (394 comments)

I support traditional marriages....

Does anyone not support traditional marriages, or is that a code phrase for "I don't support gay marriages." I don't see many protesting against marriage between a man and a woman.

5 days ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

Khashishi Re:Does the TrueCrypt License (267 comments)

Isn't it like half-life though? You can always remove half more of the original code, but when can you be confident you got it all?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

Khashishi You aren't too old to go back to school (234 comments)

Your answer depends on how serious you are about this. Since you want to "contribute back to the field", it sounds like grad school is the way to go. But then you say that you can't spend more than 10 hours a week on open courseware, so I'm not sure how willing you are to leave IT.

In your situation, you might try to get involved in scientific programming, and simulation work. In this case, your IT background will be an asset, and you will also be working on physics.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

Khashishi Re:Collaboration (106 comments)

Scientifically accurate Spiderman:
Peter Parker gets bitten by a spider. He gets a red welt, but the spider wasn't a particularly venomous one, so he doesn't go to the ER. The End.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Khashishi Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

Hmm. Somebody needs to learn some history about how things were before the EPA, FDA, OSHA, and various fair labor regulatory agencies. Why do you think these things exist? Because things were so fucked that protesters demanded that politicians do something.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

Khashishi Re:$100 (50 comments)

Everybody's definition of "good enough" is different.

about two weeks ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

Khashishi Re:Of course we can (140 comments)

I'm pretty sure grandparents existed long before agriculture.

about two weeks ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

Khashishi Re:Of course we can (140 comments)

Isn't every cause of death medical?

about two weeks ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

Khashishi Re:Of course we can (140 comments)

We're not ready as a society for elimination of aging. Currently, with money and power generally growing with age, death is the great equalizer. Rich or poor, everybody dies. This is the only thing stopping unfettered hoarding of wealth. Would Bill Gates give away his money if he never aged? I don't know, but it does seem less likely. We'd be stuck in a society where the elders own and control everything, and the young would fight to survive. Murder would replace age-related illness as the leading cause of death.

For this society to work, the time value of money has to be negative, not positive. Money has to decay with time, not grow. This is the way money should work today, but good luck convincing our overlords.

about two weeks ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

Khashishi Re:Of course we can (140 comments)

That depends on what you mean by die. Seems pretty clear today, but technology is always blurring things. Did Henrietta Lacks die in 1951?

about two weeks ago
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Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

Khashishi Re:Cultural Differences (110 comments)

The first step to legalizing bribery is to not call it bribery.

about two weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Khashishi Re:difference between driver and passenger? (364 comments)

System? I assume the system is a traffic cop in a cop car and a court order to a phone company to shut off service to an individual.

about three weeks ago

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Hackers steal 2 million tonnes of EU carbon credit

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes "Taking advantage of the lax security systems in place, hackers stole some 475000 European Union carbon Allowances on 10 Jan through a variety of phishing attacks. The European Commission has closed the trading on 19 Jan, until at least 26 Jan, in order to beef up security measures. Is it a political statement, or just greed, that drove this act?"
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Elan sues Apple over touchscreen patents

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes ""TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan chip designer Elan Microelectronics is suing Apple in the United States for what is says is infringement of two of its touchscreen technology patents by the MacBook, iPhone and iPod Touch.""
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Giuliani predicts deadly earthquake, censored

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes "Seismologist Giampaolo Giuliani claims to have predicted the deadly earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, that killed at least 92 people. His attempts at warning the public were reported to the authorities and his warnings were censored to prevent public panic.

It must be noted that accurate earthquake prediction is not well-established within the science community, so what is the government's proper response?"

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Supreme Court to rule on TV censorship

Khashishi Khashishi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khashishi (775369) writes "LA times and Associated Press report that the FCC v. Fox Television Stations case is being heard in the Supreme Court. The FCC policy would impose a heavy fine on use of "indecent" words on broadcast television, which Fox and others are claiming is a violation of free speech. The case was appealed after being ruled in Fox's favor in a federal appeals court in New York. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Antonin Scalia support the FCC policy of censorship."
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