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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:well done mods. (290 comments)

I did, and all I received was an automatic reply saying that slashdot.org will not respond to or even read my messages, due to the large number of emails received at that address.

That is an utterly unacceptable response. I am outraged; I shall be referring this matter to the German police.

about a week ago
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Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Can someone clarify the state of BitCoin? (134 comments)

You buy 10 shares GOOG at $500. Later you buy 20 share of GOOGs at $550. Later you buy 20 share of GOOG at $560.

If you pay 30 shares to somebody

So, you wait a month, now GOOG is at $570, and you sell 5 shares.

Your cost base is ( $500 * 10 + $550 * 20 + $560 * 20) / 50 = 544

When you paid someone that 30 shares, the price at that instant was $560, so you made a capital gain of (560-544)*30 = $480

When you sold 5 shares at $570, you made a capital gain of (570-544)*30 = $130

I really don't see what's so confusing about this.

about two weeks ago
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Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

WWJohnBrowningDo Re: Alibaba Is Useless (97 comments)

I replied the insult wasn't a word in Mandarin,

No, you didn't, you liar. You said "And it's not a chinese word".

but you assholes insulted me because I didn't know the cantonese word.

No, I insulted you because you wasted everyone's time with your ignorant bullshit about how a Cantonese word isn't Chinese. If you had said "And it's not a Mandarin word" then I would have modded you informative and moved on.

about two weeks ago
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Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

WWJohnBrowningDo Re: Alibaba Is Useless (97 comments)

And it's not a chinese word, in case you were wondering.

I was actually wondering why you're wasting everyone's time by commenting about a word which you apparently know nothing about.

about two weeks ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Still... (193 comments)

Finally, what the hell is the z supposed to stand for in 0z?

He's probably a German speaker. Binary is Zeugenschutzprogramm in German.

about a month ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

WWJohnBrowningDo A little behind the times (415 comments)

Typical government bureaucracy, relying on outdated technology.

Nearly 10 years ago, top minds in the private industry already developed super dogs that not only detected DVDs but could also determine the legal status of said DVDs by smell alone.

about 2 months ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Why not limit them to one per customer? (131 comments)

As long as you know for sure that the person you are paying doesn't intend to just keep the thing that they bought for you....

We're talking about something that is ordered online and shipped straight to one of the scalper's many addresses, so there's zero chance the mule could run off with it.

...and scalping tends to be discourage by the law...

Show me *one* law anywhere in the world that prohibits the scalping of non-ticket items.

about 2 months ago
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eBay Compromised

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Since February and just now hearing about it?! (193 comments)

What probably happened is that they got compromised, and then whoever compromised it tried to sell the account information to the highest bidder.

"3 Million Stolen Ebay Accounts BNIB FREE SHIPPING NR US SELLER L@@K"

about 4 months ago
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NASA Admits It Gave Jet Fuel Discounts To Google Execs' Company

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Not a subsidy? (126 comments)

You missed the next part:

Further, in accordance with Federal law, NASA does not collect state and local fuel taxes as such taxes are not payable for fuel sold at civil airports owned by the United States.

The federal government is immune from state and local taxes, therefore fuel sold on a federally-owned airport meant for use by federal agencies is exempt from state and local taxes. The problem is that Google brought and used some of this below-market-price fuel and thus skipped the state and local fuel taxes.

about 6 months ago
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Agbogbloshie: The World's Largest e-Waste Dump

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:I try to do the right thing (117 comments)

Dispose of my stuff in the proscribed manner at the municipal dump.

It's probably not smart to brag about your illegal activities on the Internet :)

about 7 months ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:I'm intrigued (480 comments)

Give the man a break. He's just trying to promote open sores food.

about 7 months ago
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YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices

WWJohnBrowningDo Just tweak the wording a bit (427 comments)

Saying "I will kill the president" is illegal, but saying "Remember kids, saying 'I will kill the president' is illegal!" is legal.

Google should just change the message to:

Unfortunately, this video is not available in Germany.

By the way, some pricks have a problem with us displaying the message "this video is not available in Germany because it may contain music for which GEMA has not granted the respective music rights."
 
So we're definitely not going display that message.

about 7 months ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Not just in the US (491 comments)

It's interesting that in the Netherlands, tech companies have been telling the government that there is a shortage of about 30.000 IT workers. However, if you're actually looking for a job and trawl the internet for vacancies, you'll quickly conclude that there are about 500 vacancies tops.

That's because cheap foreign laborers are lazy and only possess 1/60 the productivity of a Dutch person.[/sarcasm]

about 7 months ago
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Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

WWJohnBrowningDo Re: I think I've seen this plan (330 comments)

I think you need to remember that the Earth is also round, not flat, so the panels will be in incredibly cold darkness half the time. Just like the moon. :-)

I think you need to remember that the Earth has an axial tilt of 23.4 degrees, so the geostationary orbit is out of Earth's shadow 24 hours a day (save for dozens of hours of eclipses every year).

about 7 months ago
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High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Miranda rights? (169 comments)

David Miranda

You have the right to be wooshed. Anything joke can and will be missed by you. You have the right to consult Google, and to have Google explain the joke to you. If you cannot Google, the joke will be explained to you by a snarky slashdotter.

about 7 months ago
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How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:US Airlines (240 comments)

If you get round trip from A to C, then the return must be from C.

not on all airlines.

Yes on all airlines, because a round trip is defined as A -> B -> A.

What you're talking about is an open-jaw, i.e. A -> B; C -> A.

about 7 months ago
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What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

WWJohnBrowningDo Antarctica (322 comments)

Antarctica.

Whose bright idea was that anyways, breeding a bunch of linux moscots and shipping them over there?

about 7 months ago
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How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Fraud (240 comments)

Each passenger must have a valid ticket.
The same ticket must be used for Entry and Exit.

The moment you exchange your ticket with someone else you are no longer in possession of a valid ticket and thus broke the law, specifically Section 640 (c) (1) and (2) of the California Penal Code:

(1) Evasion of the payment of a fare of the system. For purposes of this section, fare evasion includes entering an enclosed area of a public transit facility beyond posted signs prohibiting entrance without obtaining valid fare, in addition to entering a transit vehicle without valid fare.
(2) Misuse of a transfer, pass, ticket, or token with the intent to evade the payment of a fare.

Just curious, have you ever taken public transit? Because every single public transit system that I've used had some variation of "fare is non-transferable" printed on the back of the ticket. Government bureaucrats might not be efficient but they're not stupid, you know.

about 7 months ago

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