top Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings
Because it's the right thing to do. And heaven forbid we do the right thing. That could lead to a "gasp" functioning government.
top Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers
No, it's because most people only get outraged when something bad impacts them (or their loved ones) directly. And by then it's too late to be outraged, because you're too busy trying to recover and protect yourself against further damage.
top Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression
Other physical ailments can look like depression. It's important to rule out something like low iron/B12 levels, which can result in extreme fatigue and make someone feel like every activity is equivalent to climbing a mountain.
top UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming
grow wheat in the Sahara...
You'd better bring lots of fertilizer
top Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories
Because sometimes even the vaccinated get the disease.
top Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity
When I told my parents I was getting married, they painted an optimistic picture of my future: a happy family life, with my children growing up in a prosperous society. I believed it, because it seemed to be true. Now I have two teenage daughters and I advise them to not have children and prepare for a tough and frugal future. I believe it, because it seems to be true. How far we have fallen in one generation.
top Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots
What if you have no choice but to use their router? I tried using my own but the modem portion of the ISP's modem/router wouldn't play nice with it, and kept hanging my router several times a day. I checked on-line and customers of their competitor have the same complaint. Even though I'm in IT and fairly comfortable with the technology, I don't have hours of spare time to try to find my own compatible DOCSIS 3.0 modem and router that will work with it. So, bottom line, the ISP wins, and I end up renting their POS hardware.
about a month and a half ago
top Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
Dumb question: why did you buy Slashdot in the first place if you think the web site is in need of a major makeover? Answer: it wasn't about the web site - it was about what you call the "audience", or what we call the "community". It's all about advertising dollars. We get it - we're not fools. We know the business model. But a word of caution to you: "communities" can be very mobile on the internet. Just ask MySpace. Push the beta on the "community" and you will be left with a web site and a bunch of blank slots where advertising once was. We will find somewhere else to go. After all, we all found this site at one time or another.
top Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO
Hasn't that been the strategy at most companies for the last decade? Other than a few sensations like Apple, most companies have been successful at slashing costs through outsourcing and downsizing, rather than spectacular innovations.
top Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay
The government can collect and store digital information about me. But it must be stored in an secured and encrypted repository with access controls that are fully auditable (e.g., who looked at it, when and why), and every piece of data is tagged with its source and collection method (e.g., intercepted in transit between client and server, scraped from a web page, provided by an ISP). Then when the government wants to search my digital information for signs of criminal activity, they go before a judge and ask for a warrant, just like any other warrant for a physical search. And when it's granted and executed, I (and my lawyer) get a copy of the warrant, a list of the data retrieved and the metadata, and a copy of the audit logs up to and including the search that was conducted. Oh, and no gag orders on the warrants. Think the government will go for that? Think they'll give up their "super-secret tools" to appease us voters?
top Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?
And how will those nuclear weapons be delivered to their target without chemical energy? Do we strap them to swallows? Yes, I know that missiles can run on liquid hydrogen/oxygen propulsion, but I think most modern missiles use chemical propellants.
top David Pogue and Yahoo's "Normals" Problem
In my younger years when I had more free time and disposable income, I invested in high-end audio gear. Now that I have kids in university and have nerve damage in my left audio nerve, my music system is much more modest.
top Google Testing Smart Appliance, Would Compete With Nest Thermostat
I agree with your assessment of the Nest thermostat. However, I'm puzzled about your comment regarding your ability for your home to retain heat. I live in Canada (about an hour north of Toronto) and a couple of years ago our natural gas meter malfunctioned, cutting off the supply to our furnace. By the time it was properly diagnosed and resolved, we were almost 48 hours without heat. However, the house never dropped below +10 degrees Celsius during that time, and that was February with outdoor temperatures around -10 degrees Celsius. While it is only 25 years old and is fairly well insulated (new windows and doors in the last five years), it is nothing special in terms of insulating technology. Perhaps I'm wrong but I would think your home should survive a short-term outage on the heating without damage.
top Andy Rubin Is Heading a Secret Robotics Project At Google
Combine this with the impact of climate change on the global food supply, and I fear we are heading into a very dark period. I fear for the world my children will have to live in.
top Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad
The more important sentence is this: "His smallish estate pays about $8,000 per month to keep him in this state of perpetual suffering". His father had an estate to pay for the care. Very soon there will be a huge number of aging baby boomers around, without such estates, who will need long-term care. My grandmother spent 15 years in the fog of dementia before dying at age 94, with every expense paid for by the state. New laws are going to start appearing on the books very soon to deal with this, with euphemistic names like "Managing Elderly Care Costs." It won't be morals and beliefs that shape this argument and its resolution. Like everything else in life, it will be all about money.
top We're Safe From the Latest SARS-Like Disease...For the Moment
Were you living in one of the affected areas? I lived in Toronto at the time, and yes, there was panic. When you had health professionals - doctors and nurses - who were getting sick even though they were wearing outfits that were supposed to protect you against any infection, there was good reason to panic. There were a lot of unknowns surrounding SARS and the fear was very justifiable.
top Music Industry Issues Take Down Notices to 50 Major Lyrics Sites
It's about control. They see these sites as equivalent to "public domain" and that is a threat to their existing model.
top Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government
Your sig is interesting. There's another part earlier in the song that goes "I know I'm a fool, but what can I say. Whatever the price, I'll pay. For you, Madame Blue." What price are you willing to pay?
top Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates
Yes, and suddenly comprehensive coverage premiums would go up by 70%. Insurance companies are in the business of making a profit. They're not walking away from 80% of their revenue source. Yes, there would be fewer collisions and a reduction in payouts. But, come one, an 80% reduction in the cost to the consumer? Not a chance.
top Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?
Canadian from Ontario here: for all intents and purposes, non-elective medical care in Canada is 100% government controlled. You cannot open a clinic and offer private services like MRI's or knee surgery, without complying with the mandated queues (either based on priority, if life threatening, or first-come, first-serve). You can't jump to the front of the queue.
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