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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

Software Re:Shooting themselves in the foot (229 comments)

Sales tax is collected when the vehicle is registered, not sold.

NJ isn't losing much, if any, tax revenue, because the existing showrooms are converting to "galleries" where you can do everything but negotiate a price or place an order.

about 9 months ago
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Knight Capital Fined $12M For a Software Bug That Cost $460M

Software Re:The fine wasn't all of the punishment (192 comments)

If Knight had put the $460 million in a pile and burned it, there would be no fine. The problem was that their algorithm was wildly buying and selling shares in the open market, and thus distorting that market. See the graph at http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-06/the-knightmare for an example of a stock that was affected. What if you were an investor in that stock who had set a stop-loss at $10? Knight's wild selling would have triggered the stop-loss, and you'd lose money because of Knight's actions. This gross market distortion is what the fine was meant to punish.

about a year ago
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iPhone 3.0 Software Announced

Software Re:Not SOX, just GAAP (619 comments)

No. What you may be thinking of is the rule that if a sale in one period is contingent on an event in another period, then you can't book all of the revenue from the sale in the first period. However, that doesn't apply here, since sales of the iPod Touch were not contingent on anything (nitpick: Apple has to make the usual set-asides for returns, repairs covered by the limited warranty, etc.). There is absolutely no accounting reason why Apple can't give away the software update.

more than 5 years ago
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How Do You Document Technical Procedures?

Software MediaWiki + graphviz extension (401 comments)

MediaWiki for all the text-only stuff. Use the Graphviz extension for nice flowcharts (not necessarily pretty flowcharts - use Visio for that).

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Looking To Symantec CEO For Commerce

Software Re:It'll be news when he asks Stallman to work (168 comments)

Sun open-sourced StarOffice and Solaris, both of which were acquired or developed at a cost of many millions of dollars. How many other companies have done this?

more than 5 years ago
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Are My Ideas Being Stolen? If So, What Then?

Software Re:Easy. (508 comments)

And don't work on the brilliant ideas using school resources: school-owned equipment, school employees (i.e. faculty, TAs), school network.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Create More Jobs

Software Re:Sick and tired of people ragging on mark-to-mar (368 comments)

Oops, wrong button. The second quote should be:

FASB's "mark-to-market" accounting rules forced AIG and Bear Stearns to admit that their liabilities had exceeded their assets, instead of allowing the companies to invent a price for the assets until the assets were finally sold.

For too darn long, companies could just make up prices for assets they wanted to value. Forcing the assets to be valued at what they're actually worth (i.e., what somebody will pay for them) is just common sense.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Create More Jobs

Software Sick and tired of people ragging on mark-to-market (368 comments)

FTFA:

FASB's "mark-to-market" accounting rules helped drive AIG and Bear Stearns into bankruptcy, even though they were cash-positive.

should be:

FASB's "mark-to-market" accounting rules forced AIG and Bear Stearns to admit that their liabilities had exceeded their assets, instead of allowing the companies to invent a price for the assets until were finally sold.

FASB's acc

more than 5 years ago
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Watergate "Deep Throat" Mark Felt Dead At 95

Software Re:Oh please, he was Hoover's #2 (126 comments)

You have some of your facts wrong. According to the NY Times and Felt's Wikipedia entry, Felt wasn't Hoover's #2 - Clyde Tolson was. Felt was Hoover's #3, and only for a few years.

I'm not saying Felt was clean (his conviction on the Weather Underground case proves that), but he wasn't version 2 of Hoover.

more than 5 years ago
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Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

Software Re:Duh. (1601 comments)

free speech

You keep using that word^Wphrase. I do not think it means what you think it means.

What is wrong with free speech having consequences? If it didn't have consequences, it wouldn't be a right worth having. What, exactly, is the responsibility that needs to be exercised carefully here?

more than 6 years ago

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Software Software writes  |  more than 8 years ago Your recent submissions

Here are your recent submissions to Slashdot, and their status within the system:

* 2006-06-16 19:32:19 Microsoft developing iPod, iTMS competitor (Index,Microsoft) (pending)

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Software Software writes  |  more than 9 years ago 2005-04-12 15:39:02 Lexis Nexis Identity Theft Fallout Widens (Your Rights Online,Privacy) (pending)

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Software Software writes  |  more than 9 years ago 2005-03-24 00:13:26 Firefox updated to 1.0.2 to fix security problem (Index,Mozilla) (pending)

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Software Software writes  |  more than 9 years ago Here are your recent submissions to Slashdot, and their status within the system: * 2005-03-03 20:11:54 Fossett Completes Flight Successfully (Index,Technology) (pending)

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Software Software writes  |  more than 10 years ago Here are your recent submissions to Slashdot, and their status within the system:
* 2004-11-11 16:06:19 UI Troubles in New San Jose Police Computers (Index,GUI) (pending)

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Software Software writes  |  more than 12 years ago 2002-07-10 23:56:56 Theoretical Root Exploit in PGP Outlook Plug-In (articles,privacy)

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Software Software writes  |  more than 11 years ago Here are your recent submissions to Slashdot, and their status within the system: 2002-02-21 22:58:35 Wal-Mart says we don't need no stinkin' Windows (articles,news)

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