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Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

TubeSteak Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (498 comments)

Liberty means no ex post facto laws. Earnings made before passage of any such law (which, let's face it, will NEVER pass with the current Congress - whether you agree with them or not) should be excluded from this. If the Government can retroactively tax your profits,

This isn't a retroactive tax.
There's no ex post facto involved.

You see, the trick is that technically, all the money held overseas is deferred income.
The IRS said "you don't have to pay your taxes until you bring the money back to US shores."
The corporations said "Cool, we'll bring it back. No really, we will. But how about we pay you less when we bring it back?"

As a result, the incentives for repatriating foreign profits are completely upside down and backwards.
It makes far more sense to dodge US corporate taxes and invest the money overseas.

2 hours ago
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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

TubeSteak Re:So.... (262 comments)

Like how New Zealand has "re-stabilized" with a quarter of its birds extinct after the introduction of rats.

It sounds like your problem is with the quality of the new equilibrium, not with the principle.

2 days ago
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Safety Review Finds Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Was Technically Sound

TubeSteak And as everyone knows (174 comments)

The best kind of correct is technically correct!

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

TubeSteak Re:Middle wheel/button seems to work ok, no? (429 comments)

Indeed, some mice have a harder to press mid-button/scroll wheel, but there are some which are easier to press. I have a G700S and the middle click requires greater finger pressure than I'd like,

All the mice I've taken apart have one of several setups:
1. click pressure is controlled by a 'spring' inside a microswitch
2. click pressure is controlled by a tactile switch that is soldered to the PCB
3. click pressure is controlled by a spring that supports the scroll wheel axis or the full assembly

As best as I can tell, your G700s' scroll wheel has... 2 and 3.
You can see it here at 6 minutes into the video.
The tactile switch is the gold disk on the left of the screen, with two springs on each side of it.

You could try replacing those springs with weaker ones.
And/or you could desolder the tactile switch and replace it with one that requires less force to operate.

If it's hardware, there's no reason you should be permanently stuck with some focus group's middle of the road choice.
/tactile switches cost pocket change
//microswitches are expensive when ordered as single pieces, so find a place that already has a thousand of them.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

TubeSteak Re:Choose a CMS you like (302 comments)

I know all the php/wordpress snobs on /. will dismiss this and laugh but personally if i'm building a site for someone (usually for no money and limited time) I just install wordpress, 'secure it',

I dismiss this and laugh because you think you can secure WordPress.

If you're using WordPress for clients, you better budget in the time you/they will spend upgrading WordPress to fix its latest security vulnerabilities.

about two weeks ago
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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

TubeSteak Re:Those wacky subcontractors (136 comments)

A drug company CEO taking this position, but not accepting any blame, disgusts me.

Not just any drug company, a drug company that manufactures antibiotics.

DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals, formed together with the Sinochem Group in August 2011, is the global market leader in beta-lactam APIs such as semi-synthetic penicillins (SSPs) and semi-synthetic cephalosporins (SSCs), which represent the biggest class of APIs in anti-infectives. It is also a leader in other active ingredients such as nystatin [anti-fungals] and next generation statins.

Not surprisingly, a company with "Sino" in its name has manufacturing facilities in Asia (India and China specifically).

about two weeks ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

TubeSteak Re:what about bans on private competition (overbui (160 comments)

That say this is because they are going into areas where Comcast or Time Warner has an existing COAX network. The new competitor builds a FIBER network. Comcast doesn't have a huge advantage since they also have to build their own fiber network to compete.

The technology already exists to crank up COAX cable speeds to 1Gbit.
Docsis 3.1 is allegedly going to be 10/1 Gbit capable, though it will depend on the quality of the COAX to your home.
The only catch is that the hardware isn't ready yet, it's still being designed and built

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Plans To Release 12 Movies a Year In Theaters and On Prime

TubeSteak Re:Wow! Cool! (92 comments)

Does Amazon have any history of producing good content? Or is this just out of the blue?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Studios

They've been at it since 2013.
One of their original shows just won Best TV and Best Actor at the Golden Globes.

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

TubeSteak Re:Statism for the WIN (562 comments)

changing the subject ("We had no justification to be in Iraq." "Saddam was a dictator! Do you support dictators?!"), and use other propaganda techniques designed to appear legitimate.

The correct answer to that question is "Yes, I support dictators and so do you."
Like, Rumsfeld once shook Saddam's hand because he was a valued ally in the region.

Even a cursory glance at the USA's current list of allies in Africa and Eastern Europe/Central Asia makes our support of dictators readily apparent. The list gets longer if you include Middle Eastern monarchies as de facto dictatorships.

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

TubeSteak Re:China, get into debt? (206 comments)

They buy US treasury bonds, but issue their own bonds to pay for them. So yes, in fact, the Chinese government is borrowing from the Chinese people.

Before marking this down as a problem for China, you'd have to factor in the economic benefits of keeping the Yuan mostly pegged to the dollar.

If the Yuan really floated free, China's exports would get get much more expensive and their status as a manufacturing hub could evaporate.

about three weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

TubeSteak Re:No. Hell No. Bad Idea. (480 comments)

The summary also makes the assumption that low voter turnout is a big problem. This is an oft-repeated claim but there's zero evidence to suggest that increased participation rates equate to better results.

Low voter turnout breaks Democracy.
There are parts of the country with 1% or less voter turnout for primary elections.
This effectively means that only the most partisan candidates get onto the ballots.

If you don't see how that's a problem, you probably haven't been paying attention.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

TubeSteak Re: Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

It is a legal problem. The Second Amendment is perfectly clear â" keeping and bearing arms is a right. Any and all laws imposing licensing requirements turn that right (which can only be taken away by the Judiciary) into a privilege (to be granted and withdrawn by the Executive), are just that: Unconstitutional.

I was going to moderate, but I think a direct reply will be more productive.

The problem with this Constitutional argument is that it ignores history.
Both before and after the Constitution + Bill of Rights, there were restrictions on gun ownership and carrying.
These were restriction that the Founding Fathers did not find onerous, burdensome, or illegal.

The current school of purist 2nd Amendment ideology is an extremely modern one, showing up only in the last 40~50 years.
Feel free to educate yourself. Even the NRA used to support gun laws that they now claim are unconstitutional.

about a month ago
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FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

TubeSteak Re:when-all-the-astroturfing-is-accounted-for dept (81 comments)

So it's better to have bureaucrats handling everything, except for the fact that bureaucrats regularly come from and return to the industries they regulate and can be bought off rather easily. Nice bit of reasoning there.

We could create new or strengthen existing laws about revolving doors in order to return bureaucrats to their role as non-partisan cogs in the machine of governance.

The entire concept of western bureaucracy was a direct response to previous western systems of government where nepotism and cronyism caused endemic incompetence and corruption.

In contrast, the Chinese had a (mostly) meritocratic bureaucracy for ~1000 years before it became firmly embedded in any Western Government. If you want to go back to the roots, about 5,500 years ago, the Sumerians invented writing so that they could manage their nascent bureaucracy. Within a few hundred years, the Ancient Egyptians also had a solid bureaucracy that existed in some form or another for ~3,000 years.

If our bureaucracy is going poorly, it's because we're ignoring lessons of the past, not because there's anything inherently wrong with bureaucratic structures (although Marx would argue that point).

about a month ago
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Bots Scanning GitHub To Steal Amazon EC2 Keys

TubeSteak Re:Now where have I heard this before... (119 comments)

I imagine it would be rather trivial for Git-Hub and others to scan uploads before they go "live" and either censor keys or ask "are you sure you want to do this"

about a month ago
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Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

TubeSteak Re:I never have understood (265 comments)

See: The Battle of Bretton Woods. It really is pretty fascinating.

A more useful answer is inertia.

After England's Sterling lost its place as reserve currency for the world, the USA's massive gold reserves (>50% of the world's holdings) let the US peg the Dollar to gold and everyone else pegged their currency to the Dollar (aka the Bretton Woods system).

Of course, (puts on flame suit) because gold standards are actually a terrible idea, the USA's overprinting of cash ended up causing exchange rate imbalances and Europeans started cashing in their dollars for gold.

So Nixon ended the gold standard and inertia + economic strength and maneuvering has kept the Dollar as the global reserve currency for 43 years.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

TubeSteak Re:Make it easier to hire people? (628 comments)

In particular, humans have done the best in countries that have automated the most.

Which countries?
What is their tax rate?
How much socialism (aka social support) is mixed into their social structure?

The "cost of automation" has been declining for centuries, and humans have been doing better and better.

This is a bit of a red herring, in that for centuries, the declining cost of automation mostly served to free up huge amounts agricultural laborers to do other work.

The issue at hand is that now automation is taking over much of the "other work."

about a month and a half ago
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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

TubeSteak Re:Can we stop the embellishment? (177 comments)

Really? Apparently they quickly took control of almost every one one of Sony's servers and workstations.

Wired mentions (without giving a source) an interview with a self-proclaimed member of GoP who claims Sony's network was infiltrated for a year.

I'm not sure what you consider "quickly," but a year is a long time, even while rooting around in a corporate network as large as Sony's.

about a month and a half ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

TubeSteak Re:Sony security: strong or weak? (343 comments)

I'd be interested in knowing the details of the attack. Was it a "social engineering" attack of some kind (ie. a virus-laden email that someone with high privileges opened)? Was it a vulnerability in their networks? I've heard someone with high level admin privileges had their account hacked, but in what way was it done?

I can't find the story, but if i recall correctly, the short version is that the hackers probed Sony, couldn't get in, then started targeting affiliated companies until they found a remotely exploitable vulnerability.

Once they breached that company's network, they found cached(?) credentials for a top Sony sys admin account and used that to access the US Sony intranet.

They mapped the intranet, spread malware all over the place, exfiltrated ~100TB over the course of a ~year, then changed everyone's screensaver and went nuclear with the wiper attack.

about a month and a half ago
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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

TubeSteak Re:Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin? (144 comments)

Without knowing why these movements are happening, raw market cap numbers are meaningless.

IIRC, most of the XRP (ripple's currency) are in the hands of the creators.
As a result of this large pool of illiquid XRP, even small market movements can have outsized effects on its price.

about a month and a half ago

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Update: Comcast Doesn't Block Web Browsing

TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TubeSteak (669689) writes "It turns out the results from the previous /. story Comcast Blocks Web Browsing were the result of the researcher's NAT hardware being overloaded.

A note regarding our findings: Further experiments have led us to believe that our initial conclusions that indicated Comcast's responsibility for dropping TCP SYN packets and forging TCP SYN, ACK and RST (reset) packets was incorrect. Our experiments were conducted from behind a network address translator (NAT). The anomalous packets were generated when the outbound TCP SYN packets exceeded the NAT's resources available in it's state table. In this case, TCP SYN, ACK and RST packets were sent. We would like to thank Don Bowman, Robb Topolski, Neal Krawetz, and Comcast engineers for bringing this to our attention. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this posting may have caused.
Oops."

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TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  about a year ago

MOVIN' ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more.

No thanks. And since when did the journal lose its classic /. layout?

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TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The Economist Weighs In For Shorter Copyright Terms
I suggest we drop by the house of everyone that doesn't understand IF YOU DONT LIKE IT DON'T WATCH/READ/LISTEN TO IT, and slap them in the side of the head.
-This is the best presentation of an argument I've heard in weeks. I can't imagine why you've never run for public office.
--It would be far too exhausting. Can you imagine how many voters would need their heads slapped during the campaign?

Wanted: Campaign volunteers
Requirements: At least one hand and a desire to change the country

Campaign slogans:
"Hit the IP industry where it hurts: Upside their heads."
"How can she slap? She slaps for copyright reform."
"Communicate with today's voters the way their parents once did: with a slap."
"Would you rather have 14 slaps or 95 slaps? We feel the same way about the length of copyright."
"How many slaps does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?"

-This message sponsored by Students Litigating Against Pratty Publishers

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TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'm going to quote an old post from the "DMCA Abuse Widespread" article:

Whenever a controversial law is proposed, and its supporters, when confronted with an egregious abuse it would permit, use a phrase along the lines of 'Perhaps in theory, but the law would never be applied in that way' - they're lying . They intend to use the law that way as early and as often as possible.

I'm sticking this here so that next time i want to quote these words, I won't have to go looking.

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MoG Trolls

TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 9 years ago Every now and then, something comes along and makes you laugh till your sides hurt. The following is one such "thing".

MoG Trolls

I tried to flush one down the toilet. It didn't work. It's still there. Then I had one wet gibbering MoGTroll, 1 acid-stained MoGTroll, and 248 dry MoGTrolls, and one blocked toilet. The MoGTroll won't come out of the toilet. I don't mean its stuck in it - it REFUSES to come out

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TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  about 11 years ago

Evil Overlord

If I ever become an Evil Overlord:

1. My legions of terror will have helmets with clear
plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.

2. My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.

3. My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will
be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten
cell of my dungeon.

4. Shooting is not too good for my enemies.

5. The artifact which is the source of my power will
not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River
of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will
be in my safe-deposit box.

6. I will not gloat over my enemies' predicament before
killing them.

7. When the rebel leader challenges me to fight one-
on-one and asks, "Or are you afraid without your armies
to back you up?" My reply will be, "No, just sensible."

8. When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look,
before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this
is all about?" I'll say, "Nope" and shoot him.

9. After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be
married immediately in a quiet civil ceremony, not a
lavish spectacle in three weeks time during which the
final phase of my plan will be carried out.

10. I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless
absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, it will not
be a large red button labeled "Danger: Do Not Push".

11. I will not order my trusted lieutenant to kill the
infant who is destined to overthrow me -- I'll do it
myself.

12. I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum
-- a small hotel well outside my borders will work just
as well.

13. I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore,
I will feel no need to prove it by leaving clues in
the form of riddles or leaving my weaker enemies alive
to show they pose no threat.

14. I will not waste time making my enemy's death look
like an accident: I'm not accountable to anyone and
my other enemies wouldn't believe it.

15. I will make it clear that I _do_ know the meaning
of the word "mercy"; I simply choose not show them any.

16. One of my advisors will be an average five-year-
old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to
spot will be corrected before its implementation.

17. All slain enemies will be cremated, not left for
dead at the bottom of the cliff. The announcement of
their deaths, as well as any accompanying celebration,
will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.

18. My undercover agents will not have tattoos identifying
them as members of my organization, nor will they be
required to wear military boots or adhere to any other
dress codes.

19. The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last
cigarette, or any other form of last request.

20. I will never employ any device with a digital countdown.
If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable,
I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117
and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.

21. I will design all doomsday machines myself. If
I must hire a mad scientist to assist me, I will make
sure that he is sufficiently twisted to never regret
his evil ways and seek to undo the damage he's caused.

22. I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill
you, there's just one thing I want to know."

23. When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally
listen to their advice.

I for one welcome our new *_____* Evil Overlords

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TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 11 years ago I like "In Soviet Russia" jokes. I think it's a shame that they've faded away... kinda like the Cowboy Neal option on polls.

Q: How can you tell an extroverted computer geek from an introverted computer geek?
A: The introverted computer geek will look at his shoes while he talks to you. The extroverted computer geek will look at your shoes while he talks to you.

Q: How do you tell if an Extroverted computer geek is Russian?
A: His shoes look at you while he is talking.

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