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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

RatherBeAnonymous Re: Repeat? (457 comments)

"Highly" trained?

3 days ago

New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

RatherBeAnonymous Re:double non-taxation (323 comments)

There is an easier way to sum up the "Double Irish".

Ireland taxes companies based on where they are managed, but the US taxes companies based on where they realize profits and loses (as do most countries). A US company will set up an Irish subsidiary but manage it from the US, or anywhere else outside of Ireland, then transfer it's intellectual property to the subsidiary, who licenses use of said IP back to the parent company. The parent company realizes no profits in the US after paying licensing fees to the Irish subsidiary, so the US collects no taxes. The subsidiary is managed from a foreign company, so Ireland collects no taxes. That's it in a nutshell.

There are further complications where a second Irish subsidiary will be formed plus a Bermuda based shell company, but those are just for dotting the i's and crossing the t's. A further trick can be used with a Dutch company, aka. a "Dutch Sandwich", to minimize taxes even more.

about a week ago

Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Depressing News (170 comments)

Oh, peace... SHUT UP!

about two weeks ago

Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Depressing News (170 comments)

All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?

about two weeks ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

RatherBeAnonymous Broadband should be equal to broadcast quality (533 comments)

That sounds great and all, but it sill makes no difference when the major ISPs won't pay for enough upstream bandwidth to support their customers. I'd like to see the FCC enforce a consumer SLA that guarantees USABLE bandwidth.

about two weeks ago

Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

RatherBeAnonymous Loaner phones? (253 comments)

You can't legislate good customer service. Besides, the inventory overhead would be unreasonable.

But, this is T-Mobile he's talking about. They use SIM cards. The store could just program a SIM card, slip it in a random unit someone traded in last month, and let him walk out of the store at least being able to make phone calls. Heck, they might not even care about getting the loaner unit back, depending on its resale value. It's the sort of courtesy that encourages repeat patronage.

about three weeks ago

Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

RatherBeAnonymous Re:reliability (183 comments)

I disagree with this faith in SMART to provide aqueduct warning. So does Google.

Out of all failed drives, over 56% of them have no count in any of the four strong SMART signals, namely scan errors, reallocation count, offline reallocation, and probational count.

We conclude that it is unlikely that SMART data alone can be effectively used to build models that predict failures of individual drives.


Google's analysis was of spinning hard disks, but I can not believe that SMART is somehow better at monitoring SSDs than spinning hard disks. I have personally had drives that pass every smart test and hard drive scan, but click and buzz in unnatural ways. Likewise, I have had SSDs suddenly fail that were, by all external tests before and after the failure, operating within expected parameters. It doesn't help that many SSDs have a habit of rendering the stored data inaccessible with no chance of recovery when they loose power. Spinning HD manufacturers solved that problem decades ago with self-parking read-write heads. Then again, there is no SMART test that's going to predict when an electrical component is going to suddenly burst into flames. (I've seen it happen!) With a spinning HD I could replace the logic board or send the disk out for recovery and get that data back, probably unscathed. With an SSD the odds would be in no-one's favor.

When it comes to SSDs, the PC vendors need to step up their game on data redundancy. SSD Raid 1 arrays or integrated backup to cheaper storage should be standard configurations.

about a month ago

Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

RatherBeAnonymous Re:This is how we learn (150 comments)

Unfortunately, no one can be told what The Cloud is. You have to see it for yourself.

about a month and a half ago

Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Great... (582 comments)

"Self defense"? Look, you can call it a lot of things, but you can't call it that. Otherwise I could call the following scenario "self defense":

Guy comes to my house and kills a member of my family. In "self defense", the next day I go and burn down his house with him and his family in it.

Is that seriously your characterization of the war in the Pacific in WWII? Japan bombed Pearl Harbor then the US dropped nukes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? There was a lot more to it than that.

about 2 months ago

The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

RatherBeAnonymous Re:i bet (190 comments)

I believe the parent meant it was "funny" in the same sense that sour milk tastes "funny".

about 2 months ago

'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Little, as far as I can tell [But what does it (115 comments)

Let me repeat. The beams that create the channel are not themselves channeled. So the channel itself... has the diffraction, scattering, and beam spread of an unchanneled beam. The net result can't be better than an unchanneled beam, because it is made out of an unchanneled beam.

Not necessarily. Since the surrounding laser pulses should spread in a more or less uniform way, the central channel of denser air should still occur as distance from the emitter increases and remain centralized in the channel. It sounds like it will make air work a little like graded index multimode fiber. The difference in density between the central channel and the surrounding air will likely fall off with distance, making the air channel less efficient, but still present out to some distance. It's not like this would allow perfect single-mode propagation to infinity in a coherent beam, but it could improve bandwidth and/or distance capability for point-to-point laser communications.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Server 2012 already looks like Windows 8. (322 comments)

Server 2012 R2 has and improved interface for remote manageability. The start button is there for pulling up the Metro screen and the metro screen has clickable icons for logging out and restarting or shutting down. From the Metro screen I just type the name of whatever program or configuration utility I need, and that works as well as the windows 7 start menu. The interface has improved to be merely annoying and cumbersome rather than obstructive and rage-inducing.

about 2 months ago

Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

RatherBeAnonymous Re:just follow the rules people (229 comments)

In many states it is also legal to turn left on red when turning from a one-way street to a one-way street.

about 2 months ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

RatherBeAnonymous Re:ugh (390 comments)

Except, according to Verizon's own published chart those links are at 48% peak utilization. It seems is some headroom there.

Up above, you posted that the problem is that Level 3 charges, "300% higher than any other provider out there..."

Which means: You are talking out of both sides of your mouth.

about 2 months ago

Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Why not both? (270 comments)

Exactly right, and that's because local caches and peering to content providers saves money. Buying capacity and data transfer from a tier-1 is expensive. Peering with content providers is cheap.

about 2 months ago

Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

RatherBeAnonymous Re:Everybody is wrong... (270 comments)

Nah, it's worse than that. Wall-mart will let you shop wherever you want, but Target and Costco have to pay up if they want the exit ramps to stay open.

about 2 months ago


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