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Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

MightyMartian Re: Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (449 comments)

And you're a product of sociopathy and idiocy. You're selfish, wvul and vile, and yet clearly enjoy the benefits or the society you revile. Worse than a moron, you are a hypocrite.

3 hours ago
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Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

MightyMartian Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (449 comments)

Well then you're fucked, because no society like that has ever existed, or ever will exist.

3 hours ago
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Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

MightyMartian Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (449 comments)

Can you cite anywhere where the Founding Fathers didn't believe in taxes? They're point want that taxes shouldn't be levied, but rather that there should be no taxation without representation.

4 hours ago
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Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

MightyMartian Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (449 comments)

Because hiding your profits overseas is some sort of essential liberty, right?

6 hours ago
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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

MightyMartian Re:better than rushing steaming piles of shit. (173 comments)

I may actually be the only person who actually likes God Emperor Of Dune, but I get many peoples' observations that after the third Dune book, the series changed pretty substantially. Being a big fan of Herbert's work, what I saw was that the later Dune books began in many respects to resemble his other later era books in prose style, and it was that which likely turned off many people.

2 days ago
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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

MightyMartian Re:"GRR Martin is not your bitch" (173 comments)

I can tell you right now that if I was a successful writer, doubtless making a meaningful, but still modest wage, and someone waved the big bucks in front of me to make my unfinished series into a major multinational television production, I would not hesitate for the briefest moment in taking the cash.

I'm not a fan of the television series, but do enjoy the books. The only thing that really pisses me off is that there is such a length of time between each book that I end up having to reread the entire series from the start just to remember all the characters and story lines. Thus far I've read the first three books three times.

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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

MightyMartian Re:Damn the editor (173 comments)

Eagerly awaiting the sequel series:

A Poop for Penguins
A Tit for Tyrion
Another Tit for Tyrion
A Gaggle of Geese
Yet Another Tit for Tyrion
A Bunghole of Bratwurst

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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

MightyMartian Re:Is anyone surprised? (173 comments)

He has managed to out-Tolkien JRR Tolkien. Even with three or four contiguous story lines going on, Tolkien had to map out the chronology of events carefully so that he always knew where all the main characters and events were happening in relation to each other. Martin has something like two or three times as many plots going on, and he must spend have his time keeping the plotting straight.

The Game of Thrones series is essentially a shared universe with one writer.

2 days ago
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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

MightyMartian Re:Never finish (173 comments)

He may not finish it, but you can be damned sure the producers of the series have a solid plot line at their disposal should he kick the bucket. This is a cash cow of monumental proportions, and they won't let something as minor as the author's death get in the way of continuing production.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

MightyMartian Re:Sort of like shitposting... (303 comments)

Oh fuck that. I can plug my Nexus into my Windows machine, create folders, copy files, view any video format I want. Or I can have an iDevice, have to use the evil that is iTunes, convert to formats that Apple has decreed as sacred, and basically give up all control of the device. IOS devices are good for people who never want to go beyond the parameters Apple sets.

4 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

MightyMartian Re: You probably have one, though... (303 comments)

I think you would have a hard time figuring out what Occupy WASN'T protesting about. That's why the Tea Party has succeeded to some extent, and Occupy has failed. The Tea Party, by and large, set the parameters for what it was fighting, and stuck to them. Occupy was all over the map.

4 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

MightyMartian Re:I prefer a tablet for some things to a smart ph (303 comments)

Can't speak for the iPad, because the only real interaction I had with one was a day with an iPad 2, which I found a bit heavy. Further, I really do dislike IOS and have since even abandoned my iPhone for a Nexus 5.

That all being said, I do use my Nexus 7 a lot. For me it is the perfect form factor. A 10" tablet is really too big, and my phone is on the smallish size. I pretty much do all my recreational reading, and a fairly large portion of my work-related reading on my Nexus 7, and it's small enough to be rather book-like in size, but large enough that it renders PDFs, ePubs and most web pages fairly well. I'm not going to get that readability out of a smartphone, and a 10" tablet or notebook is just too big.

4 days ago
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

MightyMartian Re:Chromebook Shmomebook (169 comments)

Fuck that, I've been trying to install FreeBSD on my Commodore 64. Crapping Commodore 1541 disk drive keeps mangling my installation CD.

about a week ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

MightyMartian Re:JJ has a chance, maybe (420 comments)

That's pretty much how I remember it. There would be all those awkward asides referring to events in the films, as if anybody who hadn't seen the movies would actually be reading the book. I found it fairly distracting.

about a week ago
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

MightyMartian Re:Pedantic, but... (169 comments)

Get back in your box, Richard Stallman!

about a week ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

MightyMartian Re:Your scripts were terrible (420 comments)

Another one of my favorite films. David Niven and Peter Falk were also a riot.

about two weeks ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

MightyMartian Re:Popcorn time! (376 comments)

So you see nothing wrong with a professor using his status to obtain sexual favors?

about two weeks ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

MightyMartian Re:Good news (420 comments)

I think The Empire Strikes Back still stands up very well. I agree the other two don't have the same magic they once held, but Episode V, which, ironically, had the least involvement from Lucas of the original six films, is extremely well plotted, with better dialog and much more convincing acting. The only thing that comes close to Episode V is the final confrontation between Luke, Vader and the Emperor in RotJ. Unfortunately, that's only a handful of scenes in an otherwise mediocre film.

about two weeks ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

MightyMartian Re:JJ has a chance, maybe (420 comments)

I read just one of the Dune prequels and refused to touch another. So far as I am concerned, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson just pissed over the late great Frank Herbert's legacy.

I wish Brian Herbert had done what Christopher Tolkien did, and just simply release the unfinished stories and plotlines, rather than trying to "finish" the series with appalling novels.

Maybe I'll give the Zahn novels another try. I mainly just remember finding the prose pretty stiff.

about two weeks ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

MightyMartian Re:Your scripts were terrible (420 comments)

I have no idea whether Guinness was an asshole or not, but he was a very good actor, certainly the best one on the set of Episode IV. I recently rewatched his brilliant take as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and was reminded of just how good he was. That's not even mentioning his extraordinary work with David Lean in Bridge Over The River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. A personal favorite is the original The Ladykillers.

So far as I understand it, while Guinness disliked the dialogue (who can blame him, a lot of it was pretty bad), he was grateful for the money it gave him.

about two weeks ago

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Android Lollipop Causing Problems For Nexus 7 Users

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about 2 months ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "According to the BBC, there are numerous reports of the latest version of Android causing numerous problems for Nexus 7 users.

The Google Product Forums are filled with reports of both the 2012 and 2013 versions of the Nexus 7 tablet having stability problems; in particular with Chrome and the Facebook app.

On a personal note, while Lollipop works quite while on my Nexus 5, it has rendered my Nexus 7 2012 tablet all but unusable with frequent crashes and lock ups."
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Moving Away From IT

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about 9 months ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "I've been working for an organization now for over seven years, my best run yet. A couple of years ago, the company went through some major changes and I bought in as an owner and as a managing director; my responsibilities encompassing administration, finance and IT. It's a small (20 employee or so, plus nearly that many with subcontracting companies) organization so needless to say I retained my direct IT responsibilities.

My fellow board members have decided that I need to detach myself from the day to day IT operations and take over more management duties; in particular in the finance and budgeting end of things. Right now I'm in the process of interviewing a new IT system administrator who will, over time, take on most of my IT roles. However, since this has been a one-man shop for seven years; namely my shop, I confess some reservations about handing over the keys and moving permanently up to the top floor.

Does anybody have any suggestions on the level of permissions for servers, networks and infrastructure I should start with? Do I, for the moment, retain some of the critical functionality; like superuser passwords, and slowly move the new system administrator into his or her role, or do I move more quickly, give him the basics and then let him fly on his own?"
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NASA Wants To Go To Europa

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about a year ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "From the story:

"NASA and the White House are asking Congress to bankroll a new intrastellar road trip to a destination that's sort of like the extraterrestrial Atlantis of our solar system — Jupiter's intriguing moon, Europa."

Since Europa seems one of the most likely worlds in the Solar System other than Earth where we have some hope of finding extant life, let's hope Congress gives the green light to this project."

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Richard Nixon Announces His Approval For Slashdot Beta

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about a year ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "Former US president (and everyone's favorite funny man) Richard M. Nixon announced his approval of the Slashdot Beta site.

"I was just telling Pat this morning as I made sweet Nixon love to her that what the web needed was a whitespace-riddled atrocity. Slashdot Beta is the Tet Offensive of discussion sites, so screw you, you stupid hippies."

Henry Kissinger was said to have been very pleased as well. Dr. Kissinger was quoted as saying "In Soviet Russia, Slashdot betas you!""
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Slashdot Starting Move To Beta Site

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about a year ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "According to Slashdot's blog, great progress is being made in the redesign. According to a notice on the Slashdot front page:

"MOVIN’ ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more."

According to many posters who are posting off topic, there seems little appetite for the upcoming changes."

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iPads banned from UK Cabinet meetings over surveillance fears

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about a year ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "British securities services fear foreign intelligence agencies have developed the ability to turn mobile devices such as phones and tablets into bugs without the owner’s knowledge, allowing them to eavesdrop on confidential meetings.

According to the article, UK security services fear China, Russia and Pakistway have figured out a way to turn mobiles into microphones, and have them transmit even when they're off. Ministers in sensitive government departments have been issued with soundproof lead-lined boxes, which they must place their mobiles in when having sensitive conversations."

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Saturn's largest moon undergoes crater makeover

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about 2 years ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "NASA scientists say Cassini has discovered that far fewer craters on Titan than on the other moons of Saturn. The craters they have discovered are far shallower than other moons' craters and appear to be filling with hydrocarbon sand. On top of being yet another reason Titan's active geology is very cool, it adds to the mystery of where all the methane on Titan is coming from."
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Pat Robertson Rejects Creationism

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MightyMartian writes "From the article:

"Televangelist Pat Robertson challenged the idea that Earth is 6,000 years old this week, saying the man who many credit with conceiving the idea, former Archbishop of Ireland James Ussher, “wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said that it all took 6,000 years.”

And further...

Before answering the question, Robertson acknowledged the statement was controversial by saying, “I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this.” “If you fight science, you are going to lose your children, and I believe in telling them the way it was,” Robertson concluded.

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Teen Suicide Tormenter Outed By Anonymous

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "From the story:

The tragic story of a Canadian teen suicide victim Amanda Todd has taken another bizarre twist as the internet hacking and activist group Anonymous has named a man the group says was the girl's primary tormentor. Todd, 15, of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, died last Wednesday, a month after posting a haunting video on YouTube that cited the sexualized attack that set her down a path of anxiety, depression and drug and alcohol abuse.

This raises a whole nest of issues surrounding the presumption of innocence and vigilantism. Should the police and the courts be given the appropriate amount of time to determine if there is sufficient evidence, or if a crime has in fact been committed, or is Anonymous right in short-circuiting what might in fact be a lengthy process with no guarantee that anyone will face charges?"
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Neanderthal-Modern Human Interbreeding Cast In Doubt (Again)

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "It appears that the back-and-forth debate over whether modern humans and Neanderthals has been swung back into the "unlikely" category.

According to the abstract (at PNAS):

"Recent comparisons between anatomically modern humans and ancient genomes of other hominins have raised the tantalizing, and hotly debated, possibility of hybridization. Although several tests of hybridization have been devised, they all rely on the degree to which different modern populations share genetic polymorphisms with the ancient genomes of other hominins. However, spatial population structure is expected to generate genetic patterns similar to those that might be attributed to hybridization. To investigate this problem, we take Neanderthals as a case study, and build a spatially explicit model of the shared history of anatomically modern humans and this hominin. We show that the excess polymorphism shared between Eurasians and Neanderthals is compatible with scenarios in which no hybridization occurred, and is strongly linked to the strength of population structure in ancient populations. Thus, we recommend caution in inferring admixture from geographic patterns of shared polymorphisms, and argue that future attempts to investigate ancient hybridization between humans and other hominins should explicitly account for population structure.""

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SpaceX Dragon Successfully Splashes Down

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MightyMartian writes "After a flawless mission to the International Space Station, the Dragon has successfully splashed down off the California Coast. Truly a great day for space watchers and for the private space industry."
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Data Remanence Solutions

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "The company I work for has just had their government contract renewed, which is good news, giving me several more years of near-guaranteed employment!

However, in going through all the schedules and supplementary documents related to the old contract, which we will begin winding down next spring, we've discovered some pretty stiff data remanence requirements that, for hard drives at least, boil down to "they must be sent to an appropriately recognized facility for destruction."

Now keep in mind that we are the same organization that has been delivering this contract all along, so the equipment isn't going anywhere. What's more, destruction of hard drives means we have to buy new ones, which is going to cost us a lot of money, particular with prices being so high.

I've looked at using encryption as a means of destroying data, in that if you encrypt a drive or a set of files with an appropriately long and complex key, and then destroy all copies of that key, that data effectively is destroyed. I'd like to write up a report to submit to our government contract managers, and would be interested if any Slashdotters have experience with this, or have any references or citations to academic or industry papers on dealing with data remanence without destroying physical media."
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Pete Townshend Calls Apple 'A Vampire'

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has urged Apple's iTunes to use its power to help new bands instead of "bleeding" artists like a "digital vampire".

He also argued against unauthorised file-sharing, saying the internet was "destroying copyright as we know it"."

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Microsoft Has Lost $5.5 Billion On Bing Since 2009

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "According to CNN Money, Microsoft has lost $5.5 billion on Bing since its launch in 2009. But it gets even better. If you include Microsoft's other online offerings, all the way back to 2007, the losses are somewhere in the neighborhood of $9 billion.

But not to worry, analysts expect Bing to become profitable in "three to four years"."

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The Great Global Warming Swindle

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 7 years ago It seems that UK's Channel 4 "Great Global Warming Swindle", which the anti-global warming crowd, including Janet Daley of the Telegraph (see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2007/03/12/do1201.xml) has run into a bit of a problem; mainly that the only swindle going on was the program.

According to the RealClimate blog (http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2007/03/swindled/), the program was in fact a collection of defunct claims, half-truths, and in the case of Carl Wunsch's contribution, misrepresenting his views. This sort of deceit and dishonesty shouldn't be a surprise, but what is sad is that fiction suddenly gets trumpeted as a legitimate scientific critique of Global Warming.

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