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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Tharkkun Re:Let me get this right (832 comments)

A tax on consumption hits those hardest who consume the most: the middle and lower classes.

Not quite ... they consume the most relative to their income.

So, if Bill Gates buys a $50 million dollar home and a $200K car ... the amount he gets taxed relative to his net-worth is trivial.

The problem is many people view economics as saying that the goal of capitalism is to ensure as much income inequality as possible.

Because, apparently, that's the whole point.

If you had a consumption tax of 10% and I bought a 250k home I'd pay $25,000. Bill Gates would pay $5 million.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Tharkkun Re:Let me get this right (832 comments)

Taxing consumption is stupid. It encourages people to save and hoard till the day they die, which defeats the purpose of money. The rich are the most capable of doing this, which big trust funds and investments. Also, the idea of a progressive consumption tax is mind-boggling. How can a sales tax be progressive? Right now, sales taxes are collected on point of sale, which is a flat (actually regressive) tax. Do you have to fill out everything you buy on some IRS form?

A better idea is to tax wealth. That will encourage people to spend, and drive the economy forward.

You'd tax it right at the point of sale. Buy dinner, see a movie, buy airline ticketc, etc. Tax added to the end like sales tax instantly. No more filing taxes every year. More money directly into your paycheck.

5 days ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Tharkkun Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (405 comments)

People don't listen to that preflight announcement stuff because they've heard it a hundred times before. People who've flown even a couple of times before don't need to listen. People who are on their first flight, where it's all new and exciting are paying attention.

So, no - I know how to wear a seatbelt and that my seat cushion can be used as a floatation device and to check where the nearest exit row is...yadda yadda yadda. I can stick my nose into my phone and I won't miss anything important.

What's needed is either to make those instructions INTERESTING (like the Southwest Airlines people often do) - or to only give the routine instructions to people who need it. That way, when something truly important comes up, people will pay attention.

Considering how many commercial airlines crash per year and survive I find the instructions quite useless in the first place. INCOMING missile! Put your oxygen masks on before it's....BOOM.

about a week ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

Tharkkun Re: Thats Fair (158 comments)

You need to be all over Verizon's ass about this till it's fixed. Contact the BBB and take it public if need be. They obviously are screwing over Netflix users if other streams are fine.

Not really. Once it leaves their network it's not Verizon's problem. From a customer service standpoint it is Verizon's fault.

about a week ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Tharkkun Re:Don't over generalize (716 comments)

Precisely. Women tend to call for help or say comments hurt their feelings or otherwise give the EXACT reaction the trolls want.

They do the same thing to most men and... no reaction.

This is what is causing the focus on women. Not that the trolls are against women though I'm sure some are... but that the women often do not know how to deal with bullies.

Men are taught how to deal with bullies from a very young age. You toughen up or you're a weakling. The boys will literally call you "a girl" if you complain.

To not be "a girl" boys must hide their feelings and laugh off abuse. And then at some later date... taking some revenge is generally considered par for the course.

Women need to understand that they can't rely on men or society to come to their aid on the internet. They're going to have to take care of themselves and toughen up a bit. Crying foul just causes a troll feeding frenzy.

That's because women get their feelings hurt far easier than men do. Then they write a stinking blog about how they overcame this attack (feelings hurt) and social media blows it out of proportion. Social media needs to die a horrible death and none of these trolls would exist.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Tharkkun Re:weev is a fucking D-bag....but (716 comments)

Don't forget libel and slander.

Libel and slander are civil offenses. The government does not prosecute them.

Who really cares the difference. He's a complete asshole and deserves the shitstorm he brought upon himself. Do we really want to defend him as being innocent on a technicality?

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Tharkkun Re:There Are Uses (429 comments)

Heh, just the thing every business and school should run all the time :-)

Oh sure, some student can argue he's downloading history references that he can only reach through bittorrent .. good luck with that :-)

Sure there are. But go back to your own and use them. Don't clog up public wifi hotspots or soak up bandwidth from your companies intranet. For example. Don't update your World of Warcraft from work...it uses bit torrent.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

Tharkkun Re:So what they are saying... (335 comments)

So what they are saying is that anyone outside the US can freely hack US servers without a warrant too. Surely they don't expect special treatment?

Has not having a warrant ever stopped other countries from hacking the US? No. I don't see how this changes anything.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

Tharkkun Re:China & Russia off the hook then (335 comments)

Now consider this: China and/or Russia might consider hacking their servers an act of war. The question can now be rephrased to "Does FBI have the right to declare war on other nations."

Dealing internationally it could be wise to go through official channels that are legal in all involved countries. Failing to do so can have ramifications far beyond your internal politics. Assuming that other nations won't react to anything your government does to them is naive.

I'm sure they have always considered it an act of war. It's a cyberwar and it's been going on for 30 years.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

Tharkkun Re:Color Me Surprised (335 comments)

they can hack me without warrants, can I hack them without warrants?

point being, they're breaking the law in the country where the servers were in... they're going to slip up some day and hack someone that sues them abroad and in usa...

the way usa runs it's justice spying system, it's a wonder any country still hands over any suspects to usa..

How would you sue them if you're breaking the law in the first place?

about two weeks ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

Tharkkun Re:One rule comes to mind... (191 comments)

It's very hard to find affordable routers, with the latest-gen tech (802.11ac, USB 3.0, etc) which support flashing and have decent driver support on Linux or *WRT, though. Many routers have such anemic SoCs that they barely run with the built-in firmware, let alone something custom that isn't hand-optimized for the device.

I'm close to resigning to the fact that every router I have going forward is gonna have to be an Intel NUC. Even a Celery processor is many times faster than those MIPS pieces of crap they ship in most routers that cost under $1000.

The latest Cisco ones work great. Interface is very friendly (mac like) and you can configure everything under the sun. Not to mention it comes built in with a guest wireless network which is firewalled off your primary lan.

about two weeks ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

Tharkkun Re:One rule comes to mind... (191 comments)

NEVER use a router that you haven't loaded third party firmware onto.

Which leads to not buying hardware that won't run OpenWRT.....

Which means, nobody but you controls with the router upgrades its firmware or decides to phone home. ALWAYS be the master of your own network.

That's a GREAT idea. Now please provide a dummy proof guide that will hold the hand of every person in the world at doing this process? You'll also support this yourself for anyone having problems. Oh wait, you don't want to do that? Keep advice like this to yourself. Router firmware works fine.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

Tharkkun Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

It depends on the state. In many states, an employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all (with exception of legally protected statuses that cannot be used in hiring/firing decisions such as race, age, gender, etc).

If they give a reason for your dismissal then it opens it up for possible legal action. Which is why when a company fires you for something other than a RIF, or downsizing they collect historical data prior to termination. Otherwise you leave yourself wide open for legal action.

about two weeks ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

Tharkkun Re:To the hecklers... (172 comments)

Macs have never been immune to viruses.

the reason windows needs AV protection to run safely is because one account can overwrite critical OS files replacing them with malware infested fake software, and everyone by default starts out with ability to install any program including malware that later will get the special administrator privileges (on a reboot) needed to permanently infect the machine.

heartbleed and shellshock are nasty but a well hardened install will not be a problem, as the users dumb enough to install bad software generally need to ask someone to do that for them. and yes i realize they can run any command and possibly as root with shellshock if your cgi-bin is running things as root. seems to me that with Apache needing to run things as user Apache or httpd it was quite the oversight to let cgi-bin run as root in the first place!

Windows 7 has reduced our helpdesk calls from 15-20 a week to 1-3. Just having UAC enabled goes a long way. This is on roughly 60k people.

about three weeks ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

Tharkkun Re:Quite useless article (172 comments)

I'm very curious. Can't we just delete the file, reboot and be in the clear? The only provided solution is to use DrD' antivirus product. That seems silly.

about three weeks ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

Tharkkun Re:Quite useless article (172 comments)

these are all really great questions and I would like to know the answers. Meanwhile, here's a bit of extra info from TFA: "The reddit.com search returns a web page containing the list of botnet C&C servers and ports published by criminals in comments to the post minecraftserverlists under the account vtnhiaovyd." so its clear that the user vtnhiaovyd is a 14yo minecraft fan who probably developed this extensive botnet as a way to farm gold or whatever you do in minecraft.

They could just delete that Reddit post.

about three weeks ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

Tharkkun Re:Quite useless article (172 comments)

Windows machines don't count. They're designed to be backdoored. Apple's actually are supposed to be secure.

MacOS is only secure because it's less popular. Notice all these great opensource bugs being found like heartbleed and shellshock. These are in business applications which means it's worse than your home user not doing their windows updates.

about three weeks ago
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After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts

Tharkkun Re:I feel like we are living in an 'outbreak' movi (258 comments)

The transmission vector has changed in the past. It will change in the future.

Consider...doctors who knew what they were doing, wore protective suits and underwent decontamination procedures regularly still contracted the virus and several have died.

So if you sat next to the guy on the plane, rode in the cab after he did, etc....No Worries! (cough cough...literally)

You mean the male doctor who hugged the victim without protective gear? The female doctor who re-used protective clothing that wasn't properly washed because it's Liberia?

about three weeks ago
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Euclideon Teases Photorealistic Voxel-Based Game Engine

Tharkkun Re:Voxel? We don't no stinking voxel! (134 comments)

> Didn't John Carmack of ID Software vanished voxel-based engines back in the 1990's as being technically inferior

/sarcasm That is why Mojang was bought for $2.5 billion dollars from Microsoft because it had an inferior voxel engine. :-)

Oh wait. Voxel engines are NOT the problem. It is the world interaction that either breaks or makes the games. Successful games are about FUN first, graphics second, regardless of what sequelitis EA & Ubisoft is trying to shovel this year.

Play control. It's been the defining factor of a good game since the NES days. Without good play control allowing you to interact in a game it will suck. That's why WoW does so well and COD. They are responsive to your actions. The Battlefield games on the other hand and are clunky and slow even if they look realistic.

about a month ago

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