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Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS

Lawrence_Bird Re:If this works, then Microsoft is doomed. (101 comments)

Sure. Let me know when there is a Photoshop app. Let me know when apps are optimized for desktop display sizes and not a 5" phone.

3 days ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Lawrence_Bird Women need to get overthemself (458 comments)

Now before I get marked as a troll let me say I am not suggesting that all complaints of harrassment or assault are ficticious or embelishements. But lets be honest here - a guy looking at a woman in the office is viewed by women a lot differently than when one of their female coworkers checks out a male worker. And then there is the flipside - the woman who holds a grudge seemingly against all males because she is not pretty and does not get that kind of attention - regardless of whether she advances in her career or not. Men are damned if they do and damned if they don't while women get the free pass.

So I guess I come at this from the "fat? no of course that dress doesn't make you look fat because you aren't!" school of things because we all know what happens if you don't answer precisely that way. Isn't it time that women (as a group) just get over it?

4 days ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Lawrence_Bird Re:Rather than address the underlying problem (324 comments)

you either have to cut services or raise other taxes

Maybe taking the punch bowl away makes governments more responsible about what they spend our money on?

And if the choice is between getting 0 (because a company leaves entirely) or a lower rate, isn't a lower rate better?

And with a lower tax rate, who benefits? Must be those naughty shareholders right? Hmm

The largest component among U.S. retirement assets remains IRAs, with $5.68 trillion for the first quarter, according to the ICI report. The second largest is the $5.37 trillion in DC plans, and the third-largest component is government defined benefit plans with $5.2 trillion in assets.

Private-sector DB plan assets remained essentially flat at $2.66 trillion for the first quarter of 2013. Since the beginning of last year, DB assets have hovered between $2.6 trillion and $2.7 trillion, the report said.

(pionline.com)

It is estimated that roughly 55% of pension assets are in equities - either directly or indirectly thru hedge funds.

5 days ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Lawrence_Bird Re:Rather than address the underlying problem (324 comments)

Historically low total tax as a percentage of GDP in a very long time

I think that sentence disqualifies the rest of what you have said. In any event, let me try to put this in a simple way so that you can understand.

When your income is 30K units you probably own a mediocre TV.
When your income rises to 60K units you probably own a nice TV.

If your income continues to rise, are you going to a) continue buying a new, more expensive TV because you can and/or b) just keep buying more TVs in total? You would need to in order to maintain the same TV consumption as % of total personal GDP.

So the take of the government off the top as a % of GDP is an incredibly stupid way to look at this.

5 days ago
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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

Lawrence_Bird 8pts? (64 comments)

fuck them. Almost 2/3 prediction from existing crime stats. Gee I know a lot of cops aren't the brightest but really? Thats not enough of a leg up?

5 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Lawrence_Bird Re:Apple KNOWS what its users want (609 comments)

And the average age of the U2 fan is? Even the median age? 35? 40? 45?.

about a week ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Lawrence_Bird Rather than address the underlying problem (324 comments)

the tax thieves aak "regulators" make new rules. Why not put some thought into changing the tax codes to be on a par wtih Ireland, Switzerland, etc instead of trying to preserve the high tax state?

about a week ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Lawrence_Bird Re:Apple KNOWS what its users want (609 comments)

I find it hilarious that Apple would associate its hip/cool products with a 36 year old band with members in their mid 50s. Or is the iPhone like Facebook, just for old people now?

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Lawrence_Bird Re:maintenance costs (249 comments)

Really? So Linux is support and maintenance free? It just magically installs and configures itself? Trains the users? Installs patches? Or are you expecting each user to do this on their own? And who will monitor the security of each system?

Also left out of this whole "saved" calculation is the cost of time lost due to frustration with incompatabilities between open source software and "global standards". Likewise the need to find replacements for more specialized software.

about two weeks ago
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Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

Lawrence_Bird Re:CS50 is available online (143 comments)

So .. in other words its a gut that you can sleep through because its all online anyways.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Lawrence_Bird Nothing to see here (108 comments)

Its for mobile only. Wake us all up when plain old tv is available by IP (FiOS) a la carte.

about two weeks ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Lawrence_Bird But but... (291 comments)

those scientists were certain that salt was evil, bad, bad, harmful! Don't blow up my world view like this! Whenever the scientific community says something is so, it is so!

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

Lawrence_Bird Re:But... (364 comments)

not only that - cops use the cell phones to by pass systems that would otherwise record their communications.

about two weeks ago
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When Scientists Give Up

Lawrence_Bird Not in nominal dollars (348 comments)

They are crying about funding in real dollars. Please cry to the Fed about that. In addition, plugging numbers from their own publications into online CPI calculators shows they are overstating the case (Shocking!)

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

Lawrence_Bird Only if (364 comments)

she agrees that her hands can be lopped off as a "deterent" when she is pulled over for driving and eating/drinking.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Lawrence_Bird Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

cite it, chapter and verse, date enacted and by whom.

if you can't, its all just bs as I said originally.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Lawrence_Bird Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

not to mention the trying to define the drone as "aircraft" in the first place when the generally accepted definition is *plane*.

about two weeks ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Lawrence_Bird Re:Misleading Headline (246 comments)

greedy fucks all of them.
"Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter."

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

Lawrence_Bird Re: What the heck? (354 comments)

In fact it seems quite the opposite. It is Wolfe's code which is violating the other's license. He had no right in the first place to create a derived work using the non-GPL reversed code.

I'll get marked as a troll, but isn't this just another good example of why BSD license is better for all involved?

about two weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Lawrence_Bird Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

What is controversial is that there is in fact NO law and NO regulations applicable to remote controlled model "aircraft.". The FAA is using scare tactics in asserting there is law on this when in fact there is not.

about two weeks ago

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Plummeting BDP on High Speed Lines

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "In trying to track down a tcp problem today I've stumbled upon what seems to be a nasty little issue — incredibly low ping times!

I have a 25Mbps line and in checking RTT to places I frequent, I found that the times are tanking. Not that long ago, a fast link was like 60ms with most around 90-120ms, twice that overseas. Now many are coming in the 45-80ms range. But quite a few others, like youtube (6ms) google (7.5ms), apple (15ms) cbs.com (20ms) slashdot (30ms) , are a lot shorter.

This presents a very difficult problem. How to best tune RWIN? The rule of thumb had been to make rwin just greater than your typical BDP and most information on the topic is written at a time when high speed lines were starting to appear but latency was still high (>100ms). But now we have a situation where yes, rated speeds are high, but latency has dived to next to nothing for major internet sites but may still be high(er) elsewhere creating not a 2 or 3 to 1 range of RTTs but instead as high as 25 or 30x!

To optimize for google would require setting it to under 24,000 bytes. In fact, any average ping time below 48ms will (I think) saturate if RWIN is over 65,535 (the point at which scaling would take over). Yet there are still a goodly number of places that are over 80ms (say stanford.edu) and of course europe and asia can be 200ms.

So I am curious what others are doing to tune RWIN to provide the necessary throughput on the longer latency runs against these now incredibly short pings"
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Ron Paul Raises More Than $3M Online in 18 hours

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Republican Presidential candidate has raised in excess of $3 million since midnight. Grassroots supporters organized a 'money bomb' campaign for 5 November — Guy Fawkes day (remember, remember the 5th of Novemeber). At about 5:50pm EST, the total passed the $3 mio mark and is on a pace for over $4 mio by midnight. The NY Times political blog has more details."
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Ron Paul More Cash On Hand Than McCain

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Longshot Republican presidential hopeful and internet phenom Ron Paul (TX-14) reported today his campaign has more cash on hand ($2.4M) than does John McCain ($2M) and only slightly less than Mitt Romney ($3M excluding his personal loans). Paul's spokesman noted(nytimes) that most of the donations were via the internet and that Paul is able to run a much more frugal campaign (he has only 11 staffers) because of his wide spread support via sites such as youtube and meetup. The campaign was also the first to provide an iPhone specific platform to allow access to campaign materials."

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