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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

TonyXL Classic Simpons Quote Is Appropriate (778 comments)

Homer: Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.
  Lisa: That's spacious reasoning, Dad.
Homer: Thank you, dear.
  Lisa: By your logic I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.
Homer: Oh, how does it work?
  Lisa: It doesn't work.
Homer: Uh-huh.
  Lisa: It's just a stupid rock.
Homer: Uh-huh.
  Lisa: But I don't see any tigers around, do you?
Homer: Lisa, I want to buy your rock.

about 2 months ago
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Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

TonyXL Streisand Effect (264 comments)

This guy is seriously in need of a Streisand-ing. Can we find contact info and/or a review page we can hit?

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

TonyXL This is good news (520 comments)

This will spur development of more broadband to people's homes as there is now a double demand for broadband. Google Fiber would then offer a better price to Netflix, and a price war would occur.

about 7 months ago
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Doom Is Twenty Years Old

TonyXL Where has the last 20 years gone!? (225 comments)

It seems like it was just yesterday I was playing this game when it came out. Had a null modem cable to connect 2 PCs in adjacent rooms. Was too short to reach thru the hallway so we had to swing the cable window-to-window to connect. Endless battles between my brother and I. Creating custom levels using the free tools (DCK, I think?).

about 10 months ago
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Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

TonyXL Except Taxes Went Up (671 comments)

Except taxes went up (including investment taxes) so there is less money for investment.

1 year,6 hours
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The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

TonyXL Ah, the memories (BBS, AOL, Trumpet Winsock) (410 comments)

Started with AOL. Still remember the tune of my local dial-in number (820-0480). At some point we switched to an ISP (good ole Trumpet Winsock) and used this thing called Netscape and all those other winsock apps (Usenet, IRC, FTP, etc). Also was lucky enough to live near enough to the Software Creations BBS (sysop Dan Linton) so that it was a local call. I remember experimenting with the download protocols (xmodem, ymodem, etc.) and determining Y-modem-g was the fastest.

1 year,14 days
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Verizon's Plan To Turn the Web Into Pay-Per-View

TonyXL Then don't use Verizon (332 comments)

Verizon owns the fiber so they can do whatever they want with it. If you don't like it, don't use Verizon.

1 year,18 days
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97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

TonyXL Previous Warming Periods (1105 comments)

100% of scientists believe that periods of global warming that occurred from 4.6B years ago through 5000 years ago were NOT caused by humans.

about a year ago
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Is Silicon Valley Morally Bankrupt and Toxic?

TonyXL Then DON'T USE IT (469 comments)

If you don't like Google or Facebook, don't use them. I don't use Facebook. They can do whatever they want, zero privacy, share all data, etc. Doesn't affect me.

These companies only survive if they satisfy their customers. If they annoy people they will go out of business. No regulation required.

about 2 years ago
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Sweden Imports European Garbage To Power the Nation

TonyXL Mr. Fusion (165 comments)

This is news? I've been powering my DeLorean with trash for years!

about 2 years ago
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Do We Need a Longer School Year?

TonyXL End Goverment Schools (729 comments)

We are only asking "Do We Need A Longer School Year" because schools are run by the government. If schooling were free market based, that question would be like asking "Do we need a bigger container size for milk?", and the answer would be that parents could choose whatever kind of school they want.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?

TonyXL Money (639 comments)

With the harder Google packaging comes hundreds of dollars of savings. Sounds like a win to me.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Launches International Campaign For Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage

TonyXL STOP LICENSING MARRIAGE ALTOGETHER (804 comments)

Why does government need to give us a permission slip to be considered married? It's insulting. Marriage is a private contract.

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Claims Net Neutrality Violates Their Free Speech Rights

TonyXL Verizon owns the cables... (430 comments)

...so they should be able to do whatever they want with them. Allow traffic, throttle traffic, it's their property.

If you own a house, you can invite or exclude guests as you see fit.

more than 2 years ago
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Silicon Valley Values Shift To Customersploitation

TonyXL What a joke (244 comments)

If consumers are being exploited, why are they staying with the company?

more than 2 years ago
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Fox Sues Dish Over "Auto Hop" Ad-Skipping Feature

TonyXL Ad Skipping Details (578 comments)

The commercial skip is available the next day, and only on the small, well-defined set that is primetime network shows, so I assume Dish simply analyzes the show and sends the commercial start/end frame #'s down to the STBs. So we have yet another case of "illegal numbers" like the DeCSS episode.

What would be interesting is if the STBs were flexible enough to allow peer-to-peer download of commercial frame #'s. Then bored IT nerds could be posting commercial times 30 seconds after a show ended. What would the networks do about that?

Personally I use Windows Media Center and comskip, so all my commercials are skipped automatically, but this is not a regular-Joe type of solution.

In a truly free market, commercial marking would be allowed, but then the networks would simply:
A. switch the advertising to be "in show" with crawls, pop-in graphics in the corners, etc.
or
B. pay per episode with only short ads like Hulu does ("This episode of CSI is brought to you by Acme Metal Detectors")

more than 2 years ago
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Fox Sues Dish Over "Auto Hop" Ad-Skipping Feature

TonyXL The TV "network" is going the way of the dodo (578 comments)

With internet lines directly to people's TV / tablets / phones a producer of a show does not need a TV network. They just need a vendor like Apple/Google/Netflix/Amazon to stream it to the user. Those are your new big 4 "networks" right there.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Comic Books To Start My 3-Year-Old With?

TonyXL Polo (372 comments)

Search Amazon for "Regis Faller polo". They are a delight for the imagination.

more than 2 years ago
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How Apple Sidesteps Billions In Global Taxes

TonyXL Bravo Apple! (599 comments)

Would you rather Apple keep the money to pay workers and invest in R&D, or give it to the government and have it disappear into the black hole of special interests and lobbyists?

more than 2 years ago
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Portugal Is Considering a "Terabyte Tax"

TonyXL "...tax will not affect the average citizen..." (353 comments)

WRONG. If you increase business costs, businesses will have to increase prices, layoff workers, decrease pay, decrease R&D, etc. Economic intervention impacts the entire economy.

more than 2 years ago

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