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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Totenglocke Re:Tariffs (363 comments)

Unless there's a trade agreement I'm unaware of, the US doesn't have any Free Trade agreements with countries like China.

5 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Totenglocke Re:People are not interchangeable (363 comments)

Actually the skill non-Americans have is called "math". They refuse to teach it in almost all American schools, so foreign immigrants are needed in order to invent things.

5 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Totenglocke Re:Tariffs (363 comments)

We should just start moving away from free trade arrangements. Go back to having tariffs likely through a VAT with subsidies for domestic job creation.

You just made every economist cry with that statement. Free trade benefits all countries involved and tariffs harm both the nation enacting the tariff as well as the nations they trade with.

5 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Totenglocke Re:Fine! (363 comments)

There's the xenophobia Americans are so known for!

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Totenglocke Re:What I think would be most useful (471 comments)

Well 4) (GPS on a bike / motorcycle) is more about the "turn left in 100 feet" or the audio directions would be a lot more useful than trying to figure out something with your phone while riding.

In case of (3), if there's a message so important that it's worth interrupting a meeting for (why else would you check notifications?), just have your secretary check on it and warn you in person when such a message comes in.

First off, most people don't have "secretaries" to take their messages. Secondly, it allows you to discreetly tell if the incoming alert is just an email that you don't care about or your wife saying that she has to take one of the kids to the hospital. A quick glance at your wrist lets you know if you can just ignore it or if you need to leave. Also, how is glancing at a notification "interrupting" a meeting? Something tells me that you don't attend many meetings....

about three weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Totenglocke Re:Hot Damn! (730 comments)

Nope, they just caught up with the Nexus 4 from two years ago.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Totenglocke What I think would be most useful (471 comments)

The things that I can currently think of that I'd use a smartwatch for - 1) GPS / pedometer for running 2) music (without the need for a phone) while working out 3) discreetly checking notifications during meetings 4) navigation when riding a bike / motorcycle. I realize not everyone would value these and will say "JUST USE YOUR PHONE!", but for a $200 - $250 smart watch, I'd definitely drop down the money for these apps.

about three weeks ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Totenglocke Re:dear NYPD thug, (170 comments)

but as soon as there is evidence rather than heresy they tend to back off and hang the cop out to dry Not true at all. I've sat in my local courthouse to watch for a few hours and see what really goes on - I watched multiple cases where there was no evidence at all, simply a cop's claims and they all resulted in guilty verdicts.

about three weeks ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Totenglocke Re:dear NYPD thug, (170 comments)

I'm going to take a shot in the dark (no pun intended) and guess you've never been in a court room. The police, district attorney / prosecutor, the public defender, and the judge are all best friends. It's a rigged system and they will not turn on their friends, because as the police bring in BS cases it keeps the public defender employed, keeps the DA / local prosecutor employed, and it lets the judge get re-elected by saying they're "tough on crime".

about three weeks ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Totenglocke Re:its the cops, not the cameras. (170 comments)

I'm sure plenty of people here will be outraged by this, but the fastest way to fix issues with police brutality / police corruption is to ban police unions. The union always fights tooth and nail to keep bad officers from being fired and in the rare instance where a bad cop does lose their job, the union frequently tries to get them reinstated (like Officer Harless from Canton, OH who was fired after public outrage over video of him threatening to murder a man pulled over for a traffic stop).

about three weeks ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Totenglocke Re:And make video available when asked (170 comments)

Screw IA, they're police themselves. Put it in the hands of a non-paid but elected group of citizens to store and review. That way you eliminate the potential for the police to alter / destroy evidence.

about three weeks ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Totenglocke Re:Deblasio has been working hard (170 comments)

Don't confuse a PR campaign for how they actually feel about their fellow citizens.

about three weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

Totenglocke Re:About 35% (165 comments)

It's wrong for Netflix to sell a digital service to Argentinians without having to pay the Argentinian government? Your logic does not resemble our Earth-logic.

about three weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

Totenglocke Re:No llores por mi (165 comments)

I think they should just officially rename the country from Cuba to Chevy.

about three weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

Totenglocke Re:IRS Planning the same (165 comments)

Are you kidding? Look how much money the government routinely steals from Microsoft / Google and yet they haven't had anyone assassinated.

about three weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

Totenglocke Re:IRS Planning the same (165 comments)

That's why every good retirement plan should also invest in lead. It's the only way to protect your property.

about three weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Totenglocke Re:Been a while (391 comments)

I got a vasectomy, so yeah - it was 100% my decision.

about 2 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Totenglocke Re:Been a while (391 comments)

man sometimes I just miss my free time before I started raising a family...

This makes me both sad for my fallen nerd / geek brethren and reaffirms my decision to not have kids.

about 2 months ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Totenglocke Re:Repeat after me... (534 comments)

You're forgetting that Campus Police also increase tuition due to the extra salaries, benefits, vehicles, buildings, and equipment.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

Totenglocke Re:What about... (249 comments)

The countless people who've been detained by the TSA would beg to differ. They might not LEGALLY be able to detain you, but the TSA doesn't give a rats ass about the law.

about 3 months ago

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AT&T gets rid of Unlimited Data plan

Totenglocke Totenglocke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Totenglocke (1291680) writes "AT&T announced new data plans for smartphones starting Monday June 7th. Instead of the current $30 / month Unlimited Data pan, there will now be a 200 MB plan for $15 / month and a 2 GB plan for $25 / month. If a user on the $15 a month plan goes over, they'll be automatically billed an extra $15 for another 200 MB. If a user on the $25 a month plan goes over, they'll be charged $10 extra for another 1 GB. This raises the cost of the highest data plan from $30 / month for 5 GB to $35 for 3 GB. These plans will also apply to the iPad as well. Is AT&T shooting themselves in the foot with this move? Will this cause Apple to break their contract with AT&T?"
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Hidden Cost of Obamacare

Totenglocke Totenglocke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Totenglocke (1291680) writes "While the U.S. Congress is determined to pass a health care bill, there are many downsides not being openly discussed. On of them is the hidden costs of Obamacare . Not only will the middle class pay more in taxes to support the new plan, but the poor will suffer as well. Since Obamacare will make purchasing health insurance mandatory, the government will provide a subsidy to pay for it — but as your income rises, the subsidy decreases. Between the decreasing subsidy for health insurance and the decrease in the Earned Income Tax Credit as income increases, marginal tax rates increase dramatically. 'Jim Capretta, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, calculates that when combined with other policies like the Earned Income Tax Credit that also phase out, the effective marginal rate would rise to nearly 70% at twice the poverty level.'"
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