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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

MerlynEmrys67 Re:$2 Billion (270 comments)

I don't believe the 2Billion dollar amount for a second. 2 Billion seems like a very VERY large number. Now lets do some simple math. Divide that by 50 and that is 40million available for each state. You might be able to protect Wyoming for 40 Million, but I doubt you could protect Alaska (construction costs are too high) and I doubt you could even begin to protect a city like San Jose, New York, Dallas, or Chicago for 40 Million (not even to mention the rest of those states).
The other interesting thing to think is protect against what... Yes, you could probably protect against a low yield EMP produced by a solar flare - however, there will be no protecting against a high yield nuke detonated over an area (where the EMP is the least of your worries). EMP is only one of the things that would need to be protected against - there is blast damage, fallout, fuel supplies... Yeah - if a high yield bomb goes off over the US we are all screwed, whether we spend 0 dollars, or 100Billion.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Any Development Shops Build-Test-Deploy On A Cloud Service?

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Doing CTOs job for him (119 comments)

Were you asked to do something or were you asked if doing something is a good idea?

If you were asked to do something then fucking do it. Any sticker shock is the CTOs problem to explain.

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Time to bring Goodwin's law out.
Just because you are a guard at a prison, doesn't mean that saying "I was just following orders" is a good defense. It is YOUR job to know details and question things that come out of people's mouths to determine if they are good for YOUR company. Many times the answer is, yes it is a good idea - you don 't have to pay for upgrades, maintenance, or other things people always seem to forget about... Other times, keeping things in house is where you want to be. You should be able to find out what is correct for your organization and make sure that is what happens.

about three weeks ago
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Crows Complete Basic Aesop's Fable Task

MerlynEmrys67 I knew they weren't scientists (87 comments)

heavy objects sink in water

I will say an aircraft carrier is very heavy - but floats on water, what the authors meant to say was Dense objects sink in water, as even light grains of sand sink to the bottom.
You can thank the college of Phycology for the misunderstanding - when you read something like that in the first paragraph of the paper, makes me doubt anything else they have to say.

about three weeks ago
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Dorian Nakamoto Officially Denies That He Created Bitcoin

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Ssssure... (102 comments)

I hate the blood sucking leaches that are today's legal professionals. Why should I have to hire a lawyer to say I didn't do something that I didn't do. Should the rest of the 300 Million Americans that didn't invent Bitcoin hire lawyers to deny it.
By the way - when did you stop beating your Significant other?

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

MerlynEmrys67 Re:We need to stop big tax dodgers useing loop hol (300 comments)

You would be lucky to be in as low of a tax bracket as 50%
28% Federal
9% State
13% Social Security
4% Medicare
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54%
That tax bracket hits right in the middle of your average tech worker, especially in high tax/High property value areas like California.
I purposely did not include things that are not taxed as a percentage of income like property taxes/sales taxes/use/car/gas/etc taxes - they can easily punch that value up another 10%

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Inheritence = Lottery Winnings (300 comments)

So I have a large family farm. I have been working it for decades with my loyal son. We have a good life supporting our families. Now because I die - the farm that is worth 20 Million dollars in land value gets taxed at 9 Million dollars. My son doesn't have that kind of money - so he has to sell off 1/2 the land (assume he needs to keep the farm equipment) to pay the estate taxes. Now he has a farm that can support him, but not his children's families.
We keep talking about the "super rich" that don't have problems with these things (in fact they don't pay death taxes - they pay lawyers to not pay the death taxes), why don't we talk about hard working people that have built capital in a family business that has to shutdown when they die rather than let their heirs enjoy the benefits of their labor.
Do you see the Son as winning the jackpot?
I see a family that has built equity from the land/small business - wanting to let their children have a good, hard earned living.

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

MerlynEmrys67 Re:People so rich who don't act in societal intere (300 comments)

Can you define what "Societal Interest" is?
As far as I can tell - everyone's definition of "Societal Interest" is what is best for them, not always what is best for other people. Which is more important to the society? Animal Welfare, Health Care/Disease researc, Education, the Arts, the Poor? How do we as a Society determine that? How should that interest be enforced? Wouldn't it be easier (and therefor more efficient) if people voted with their wallets and donated money to causes that they determined were the most effective at solving the problems that are important to themselves?
This has the other effect of removing the incentive to bribe politicians into giving more money to each particular type of charity (so more money ends up going to the people being helped instead of lobbyists working to get the government to give more money to cause X). It also significantly reduces the amount of overhead going to people doing things like "Grant Writing" that don't help - but are just simply overhead. I actually cringe at thinking what percentage of "academic research" budgets go to such tasks instead of actually doing research.

about a month ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

MerlynEmrys67 Anyone remember the Trees? (516 comments)

I always think about this when someone wants everything to be equal - Thank you A. G. for quoting Rush so well So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights.
"The oaks are just too greedy;
We will make them give us light."
Now there's no more oak oppression,
For they passed a noble law,
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe, and saw.
Rush - "The Trees" Nothing like using more H1-Bs to bring down EVERYONE's living wage to make us all more equal. For my next magic trick I will tax the rich at 90% and watch our income tax receipts go to 0.

about a month ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

MerlynEmrys67 Re:wrong (606 comments)

Wrong,
He is badmouthing poor Transit infrastructure planning that he is responsible for and asking for people to pay his company for substandard service that can be provided with cheaper alternatives.
I also think it is funny that he is referring to south bay as the suburbs of San Francisco. Realize that San Jose (South Bay) is a larger city than San Francisco, Cupertino (Apple) is just minutes from downtown San Jose, and within a mile of the actual city border. San Fransisco has INSANE property values and would be very difficult for a company to build a building that can host 10K+ employees there. It was hard enough for apple to get permission to build in Cupertino.
To say the younger crowd is interested in living and working in the city isn't quite right. Many of the younger crowd prefers to live and work in the "suburbs" to the convenience of living, shopping and parking all without the burdens of getting mugged, having my car broken into and having streets that smell of urine. Frankly NYC and SF are both hellholes to be tolerated at best. I would never live in San Francisco as it is way too expensive, the schools are bad - and frankly anything that is worth going into the city for I can drive there, enjoy the evening and then Go home to a nice safe place in south bay.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

MerlynEmrys67 Strange - Seems TFA answers TFQ (384 comments)

How is this an Ask Slashdot when the article answers the question. Are we supposed to argue that the author(expert) of the article is an incompetent?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

MerlynEmrys67 We do program visually (876 comments)

We started with 1s and 0s in direct machine code (I did this in college)
We moved up to assembler to allow us to not have to memorize the 1s and 0s
Then we moved to our first language C/Pascal/Lisp/so many to choose from to compile a language into assembler
Then we moved into management and finally get the visual tool that we want. Managers compile programmers into machine code using Power Point

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Beautiful Network Cable Trays?

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Light it up (250 comments)

Please god no.
I am very visually distracted. Something like this would make me (and anyone else like me) unable to productively work as I would always be trying to see what the motion was.

about 5 months ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

MerlynEmrys67 Re:The Vote (641 comments)

Of course. Someone has to vote for the Democrats after the ObamaCare fiasco hits by the 2020 election.

about 5 months ago
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Speed Test 2: Comparing C++ Compilers On WIndows

MerlynEmrys67 Invalid Benchmark - Who Cares (132 comments)

Benchmarking compilers on how long it takes to compile would be like benchmarking cars based on how long it takes to fill the gas tank.
There are so many things that can affect compile time more than the compiler - and the end customer really doesn't care anyway. Frankly, if you want a 3-5x speedup, just put the whole thing on an SSD and let it fly.

about 5 months ago
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Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Monstrously Stupid Idea (1216 comments)

Either that - or simply fire the cleaning lady, and outsource cleaning the building to a non-employee. Fire the bottom earners, cut costs and raise the CEOs pay #WhatElseCouldGoWrong

about 5 months ago
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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Yet Another CGI Superhero Movie (233 comments)

Not quite... like many scarce resources - Hollywood only has so many decent writers. This pool is capable of writing a few good movies every year. By sending out more movies than that - the pool is thinned so you can't get a solid writing team that you need (Think Scotty Pippin having to lead a team instead of being the best #2 man in Basketball). This also causes rates for these people to go up to the point that movies can't be profitable - so they have to raise the price of admission.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Are the Complete Hosting Providers?

MerlynEmrys67 Re:NSA? (178 comments)

Why do you think the NSA snoops on Non-US traffic more than it snoops on US traffic?
Really?
Frankly, if you are sending e-mail in the clear (and, unless YOU encrypt it - you are) - it is like mailing post cards from your holiday trips and expecting no one to look at the back of them.

about 6 months ago
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Greenland Repeals Radioactive Mining Ban

MerlynEmrys67 Re:About bloody time! (142 comments)

Don't know why ANYONE would vote for TweedleDee or TweedleDum. I mean really - different sides of the same coin. Frankly - if you are in office now - YOU are the problem and should be voted out. I have voted against every incumbent for the last 10 years and intend to continue to do the same thing until the radicals on BOTH sides realize there is a huge benefit for working together in the middle and get rid of these one party votes. Frankly - the fact that the republicans had to get enough votes in their own party to pass anything earlier this month because nancy pelosi wouldn't let any democrats vote was a waste. Means the republicans have to go more conservative instead of more liberal to attract democrat votes that they won't get.
The senate is a wreck - and frankly, I won't negotiate doesn't cut it as a president. If he can't deliver democrat votes in the house - he isn't worth it.

about 6 months ago
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Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

MerlynEmrys67 Re:why not just raise the gas tax instead? (658 comments)

Frankly, the number of full electric cars is almost non-existent (and frankly - what driver of an electric car would volunteer for this program?). That is a non-starter, don't even care about this corner case. Want to generate more tax revenues from full electric cars, simply stop subsidizing vehicles for the 1% and you have generated more money for the government than any tax increase ever could.

about 6 months ago

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