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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

aardvarkjoe Re:Capital gains plus corporate income (318 comments)

My understanding is that capital gains tax is lower because the business you're investing in has already paid its half in corporate income tax.

Not really; after all, the government has no trouble "double-taxing" money any time you give them half a chance; and if that was really the concern then the amount of time that the investment was held wouldn't matter. The fundamental reason for the lower tax rate is to encourage long-term investment -- and the theory is that by so doing, corporations have a better opportunity to be profitable (which of course translates into more incoming tax dollars.)

3 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

aardvarkjoe Re:Of 1000? (457 comments)

Even if just 56% of them become rich that's good enough a chance for me.

The thing is that being a millionaire really isn't the same as being rich.

Think about it -- if you were of retirement age today, how much would you want in assets to feel comfortable retiring? A quarter million? A half million?

Now consider the amount of time that you actually have left until then. Depending on how long it will be, a half million dollars today will very likely be equivalent to over a million when you will need it.

I would venture to say that most people who are relatively early in their careers, and expect to be able to put away the money they'll need for retirement, should expect to be worth at least a million dollars at some point in their lives -- and that won't be being rich; that's just going to be "comfortable."

4 days ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

aardvarkjoe Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (303 comments)

Wait -- you originally said that "I see no reason that people should be trapped in a country they don't want to be a part of." Indicating that you think that having the people move to a country that they want to be a part of is not acceptable. But for some reason, you don't believe that the "losers" of this referendum are "trapped" in the same way. That seems rather contradictory.

4 days ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

aardvarkjoe Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (303 comments)

So why don't the people in the Crimean area who want to be Russians just move into Russia? Why should a majority of of people in an area be able to vote and force an ethnic minority to leave their homes?

5 days ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

aardvarkjoe Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (303 comments)

Although that sounds reasonable at first, it leads to a lot of problematic situations. One obvious example in this case there is a minority of people in Crimea that are strongly against it, but because of the tyranny of the majority they have been forced to join Russia. Why should those people be "trapped in a country they don't want to be a part of"?

5 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

aardvarkjoe Re:Bush Vetoed this, apparently (630 comments)

All the provision does is lift the statute of limitations on collecting an unpaid debt. I really don't see the problem with that. The actual problem seems to be that they're going after the wrong people to get their money -- and that seems to be based on a policy that allows the government to go after children who may have benefited from overpayments. Seems to me that the person you really should be going after is the one who implemented that policy -- or passed the laws that allow that policy.

5 days ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

aardvarkjoe Re:Useless - rather make better headlamps (184 comments)

If needed, it can be powered through electricity according to the Dutch news source.

Perhaps by placing a lamp above the road...

about a week ago
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$250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

aardvarkjoe Re:LOL (111 comments)

These attacks have cost them 10s to 100s of millions. Yet, they are only willing to put up .25M. This shows how poorly ran American companies are today.

The amount of money they offer for a reward only has to be high enough to make it worthwhile for someone who has information to come forward. The amount of money they lost in the attack is really irrelevant. It's not like they'll get that money back if there's a conviction.

about two weeks ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

aardvarkjoe New? (181 comments)

According to the author, apparently "free-to-play" is a new business model. Funny, I've been playing "free-to-play" games for well over twenty years now; and back in the old shareware days it was fairly common to have a feature-limited free version that you had to upgrade to get the whole game.

Yes, some of the mechanics of ways to make money off of a free-to-play game have changed along with technology, but in concept things really haven't changed that much.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

aardvarkjoe Re:there is no need for 'labor laws' that.. (1112 comments)

If you want the government to protect people from being fired for donating to a political campaign, then they should protect everyone, regardless of their job title or responsibilites. If you don't like the ramifications of that, then you should re-think whether the government should be offering this protection to anyone in the first place. But in this case, the benefits of the law probably outweigh the disadvantages.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

aardvarkjoe Re:there is no need for 'labor laws' that.. (1112 comments)

That's not what the law says. And that's not what the law should say. If anyone is protected, then everyone should be.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

aardvarkjoe Re:there is no need for 'labor laws' that.. (1112 comments)

Nobody is taking protections away from them, but they do not need special protections tailored for them either.

I agree with that. They should get no more, nor no less, protection than any other person.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

aardvarkjoe Re:there is no need for 'labor laws' that.. (1112 comments)

Of course a CEO is in a "special position". So what? He's still a person, and it is wrong to deny him the rights and protections given to everyone else.

Your argument is based on dehumanizing a class of people.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

aardvarkjoe Re:there is no need for 'labor laws' that.. (1112 comments)

meh, there is something to be said for some groups needing legal protections more then others, and in general people with wealth and power tend to have enough of their own resources and political power to take care of themselves and still come out on top.

I'm not buying this argument. Just because some group may "need it less" doesn't mean that you should arbitrarily take those protections away from them. That's just an excuse to take away those rights, not a reason.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

aardvarkjoe Re:there is no need for 'labor laws' that.. (1112 comments)

Are you serious? CEOs are different than regular employees

Yes, I am. Rights should apply to everyone, not just the people that you believe are worthy.

If you think that people shouldn't have the right to donate to a political cause without fear of reprisal from their employer, fine. But to give that right to some people and not others is wrong.

about two weeks ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

aardvarkjoe Re:yeah right! (178 comments)

Really, this story is just "Some idiot injured someone, and is now lying to try to dodge legal responsibilities." This happens every day; it's just "news" to slashdot because he used the magic word "hack."

about two weeks ago
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Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

aardvarkjoe Re:Question (129 comments)

Soylent News is probably a more realistic alternative to Slashdot than technocrat.net. One of the major problems with technocrat.net is that Bruce has already killed it a couple times in the past when he lost interest -- so why would people move there now?

Also, although Soylent News is using old Slashcode, it's still much more functional than the technocrat software.

about two weeks ago
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Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

aardvarkjoe Re:Question (129 comments)

Given that Bruce restarted Technocrat.net in response to the Great Slashdot Beta Uprising, this question is certainly not offtopic.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

aardvarkjoe Re:THIS IS SIMPLE.... (402 comments)

Particularly, those with a number of years left of health, but for which eventually, will die anyways.

Good news! That already describes all of our astronauts.

about two weeks ago

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aardvarkjoe aardvarkjoe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aardvarkjoe (156801) writes "I'm doing a short project on the RIAA and its impact on society. A considerable part of this project has been looking into people's perceptions of the music industry and the heavily negative bias of that perception. Since Slashdot is one of the world's forefront leaders on RIAA hatred, I wanted to know: just why do you hate the RIAA? Please be as descriptive and as thorough as you like. Counter arguments and positive comments are also appreciated.

I've got a hundred of these questions, keep posting them!"

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