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US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

Thorodin Re:Man, oh man! (582 comments)

I thought it was the other way around. Bulk subsidizes 1st class. That's what they told me when I worked for them.

about a year and a half ago
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US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

Thorodin Re:Man, oh man! (582 comments)

The US Postal Service does not get any money from the federal government and has not since President Nixon made it quasi-private. In fact, they have had to pay back to the fed's billions of dollars for pensions. That's one of the reasons they keep losing money. They actually overpaid by a few hundred million and Congress refuses to return the money.

about a year and a half ago
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US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

Thorodin Re:Man, oh man! (582 comments)

Are you referring to 'conservatives' as in the well-known political term or as in 'no changes?' Because the political conservatives have been pushing to totally privatize the postal service for many years.

about a year and a half ago
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What the FCC's Wi-Fi Expansion Means For You

Thorodin Re:Nothing... for several years (132 comments)

(speaking from a small ent.) We're running "N" right now. If it can be rolled out in a firmware update, we may push for it. But, if worst case, we had to swap out all the AP's and possibly the controllers, then we'll have to wait a while. That wouldn't be cheap.

about a year ago
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Tech Firms Keep Piles of 'Foreign Cash' In US

Thorodin Re:Unintended Consequences (427 comments)

That's a strawman argument. He didn't write no taxes, he stated an idea that if you raise a tax, someone will find a way to not pay it. (Except for those of us who don't have access to highly paid tax attorneys or accountants.)

about 2 years ago
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Tech Firms Keep Piles of 'Foreign Cash' In US

Thorodin Re:time for a outsouring tax? (427 comments)

A lot of people working in the US under a visa program send money home to their families. Should they have to pay that tax, too?

about 2 years ago
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Thailand Jails Dissident For What People Thought He Would Have Said

Thorodin Re:Pretty radical view of intent (325 comments)

Thought Crime.

Similar to Hate Crime. (i.e. we're adding a few years to the sentence because you think you're superior.)

about 2 years ago
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Thailand Jails Dissident For What People Thought He Would Have Said

Thorodin Re:How does cuba have an embargo (325 comments)

But Thailand is still where a huge chunk of consumer goods in the U.S. come from? How are the communists so much worse than monarchist totalitarians?

Communists had a tendency to spread their dogma to other countries whereas monarchists are perfectly happy abusing their own people. Unless, of course, they aspire to abuse everyone such as Mussolini (avoiding H so someone can't sling Godwin's law at me).

about 2 years ago
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The Empire Writes Back About the Failed Death Star Petition

Thorodin Re:Why? (90 comments)

Perhaps but it is filed under Entertainment. And what's the matter with a little silliness now and then?

about 2 years ago
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Former Nortel Execs Await Corporate Fraud Ruling

Thorodin Re:One of the execs (59 comments)

Depends on how big a 'stink' the corp. exec causes. Enron and Global Crossings come to mind.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?

Thorodin Re:No persuasion required (510 comments)

I work in healthcare also (IT). It may not be of value (PHI) to most people but CMS will fine your company if it gets out.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?

Thorodin Re:No persuasion required (510 comments)

Nice, 1950's management style you got there. You do realize that threats reduce productivity to the minimum necessary to keep a job?

about 2 years ago
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Patent Troll Targeting Users of Scanners; Wants $1000/Employee

Thorodin Re:Online world carries over into the real world (227 comments)

But in this case, it's (if a previous post is correct) a bunch of lawyers. I don't think (just guessing here, tho) that it would be that costly for them. Obviously, their time is free so it would appear court costs are all that's left. And I'd guess they'd only have to win one or two of their cases to get their other targets to settle.

about 2 years ago
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What Debris From North Korea's Rocket Launch Shows

Thorodin Re:It shows... (223 comments)

Well, they are kind of correct in that the Korean War ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty. Armistice: temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement between the opponents.

about 2 years ago
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Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

Thorodin Re:Missing the point. (1013 comments)

Was that referring to the US Army designation?

about 2 years ago
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Training Under Way For New Nuclear Plant Operators In S. Carolina

Thorodin Re:Better at Nukes? (74 comments)

What do you mean? I am just curious and NOT trying to start a debate. I just don't know what you're referring to.

about 2 years ago
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Cisco Rumored To Be Selling Linksys

Thorodin Re:It's about time. (180 comments)

I hope you haven't copyrighted "Holy Shit..." cause I'm going use it. That's a great line and can be applied to many companies such as EMC and Cisco. In fact, later today I'm attending a kick-off meeting for our VOIP project with Cisco gear. Now, if I can just get up the guts to use that phrase with the CFO in attendance.

about 2 years ago

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Skynet close to becoming self-aware

Thorodin Thorodin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Thorodin (1999352) writes ""A robot named Nico could soon pass a landmark test — recognising itself in a mirror.

Such self-awareness would represent a step towards the ultimate goal of thinking robots.

Nico, developed by computer scientists at Yale University, will take the test in the coming months.

The ultimate aim is for Nico to use a mirror to interpret objects around it, in the same way as humans use a rear-view mirror to look for cars."

Are we ready for self-aware robots?"

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