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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 a month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 a month 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

WWJohnBrowningDo If only there were some way to... (723 comments)

"Why would you in a city that gets one snow event every three years? Why would you buy 500 snowplows and salt trucks and have them sit around for 1,000 days, waiting for the next event?"

I shall become rich and famous by inventing a novel type of financial transaction whereby one makes a payment in exchange for the temporary use of goods or property. I shall name it... "Compensated borrowing". Nobel Prize in Economics, here I come!

about 3 months ago
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GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language

WWJohnBrowningDo Re: The worst thing... (575 comments)

And the act of them not giving you their address doesn't encroach on your free speech.

No one claimed otherwise. Not sure why you would assume otherwise.

about 4 months ago
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GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language

WWJohnBrowningDo Re: The worst thing... (575 comments)

Give me your address, because the First Amendment gives me the right to spray-paint "A fucking moron lives here" on your house.

about 4 months ago
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GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:The worst thing... (575 comments)

GitHub, in its sole discretion, has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Service, or any other GitHub service, for any reason at any time. Such termination of the Service will result in the deactivation or deletion of your Account or your access to your Account, and the forfeiture and relinquishment of all Content in your Account. GitHub reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.

So which part of "the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time" don't you understand?

about 4 months ago
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Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Aluminium (219 comments)

Why have waste time coding a customized solution when a global solution already exists?
 

about 4 months ago
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Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:Aluminium (219 comments)

Try taking off the aluminium foil hat once in a while, it's blocking the woosh sound from over your head.

about 4 months ago
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Disqus Bug Deanonymizes Commenters

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:I do. (151 comments)

my photography stuff

"Bad news, Sir. Looks like we need to throw the third candidate out."
"Why? He looked the most promising."
"I dug around his Internet postings, and I found something disturbing. He's... he's... a Canon user!"
"*gasp* He got some nerve, apply to for a job at Nikon while owning Canons. Feed him to the hounds immediately."

about 4 months ago
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Disqus Bug Deanonymizes Commenters

WWJohnBrowningDo Re:This is why I want Rob Ford for President (151 comments)

We need more Rob Fords who just don't give a shit and aren't slaves to the petty morality of American culture.

Well, duh. He's just a slave to the petty morality of Canadian culture.

about 4 months ago

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