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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

aardvarkjoe Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

In the case of Argentina it sounds like they're flat out lazy. How can you not see a house built on a lot that was supposedly vacant? You have to plat the lot, take out permits presumably and then have inspections. Maybe in Argentina they don't have building codes? I doubt that but somebody isn't doing their job.

In the case of Argentina, they're not using Google Maps (etc.) They're going out and taking pictures of the property, getting timely evidence. That's what the whole article is about -- them using drones to do their job.

Lazy is when now during re-appraisals (which we go through annually here) means that they have to have an up to date photo of the property to assess "condition" We caught them last year using a 6 year old Google Street View image. That's lazy and I already pay well enough for these morons to just drive around and get up to date information, it's in the tax law for my state and we caught them not doing their job.

If they legally need a photo less than a year old, and they're instead grabbing photos off of Google, then yes, they're using Google inappropriately, and it's fair to call it lazy.

5 days ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

aardvarkjoe Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

Its stale. I've got news for you Google Street View and Satellite images can be years old. If I were relying on it for up to date information then I'd be mistaken. My house on street view was taken in 2010. A lot has changed since then.

How much is that more-up-to-date information worth to you?

Depending on what the government is using it for, using street view or maps images may or may not be effective. A blanket statement characterizing it as "lazy" doesn't make sense until you have determined whether or not the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

5 days ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

aardvarkjoe Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

Google Street View, Google Satellite View are all now being used by lazy local governments.

A rare example of governments using a cheap, effective method to do their jobs rather than finding an expensive and inefficient way to do it.

5 days ago
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Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

aardvarkjoe Re:Not Brute Force (93 comments)

20,000 is not a brute force attack. That will only succeed if your password was 3 characters long.

I find it hard to believe anyone was actually vulnerable to this.

While you're correct that 20,000 attempts is too small to "brute-force" a password (by trying all combinations of characters), it's plenty to do a dictionary attack. If you can try 20,000 popular passwords on a whole bunch of accounts, you'll almost certainly be able to break some of them.

about a week ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

aardvarkjoe Re: Trolls are bad people (240 comments)

What if I dressed up as a doctor, had an air of gravitas, videoed from what looks like an ivy covered university and gave terrible terrible medical advice about Tylenol maximum dosages?

Not really the same thing, as that could cause death (or death-like symptoms).

Or if I dressed as a garage mechanic used all kinds of mechanical words and gave horrible advice such as sugar in the gas tank eliminates the squeal when you hit the brakes?

This falls under the category of life lesson. Just like the iPhone trick.

about a week ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

aardvarkjoe Re:Why is this on Slashdot? (240 comments)

If you search for "microwave iphone", at least you end up with some articles with evidence that people actually tried this.

The dice.com article doesn't even manage that.

How the hell does this company manage to make any money with this kind of ineptitude running the show?

about a week ago
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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

aardvarkjoe Re:IP Stolen (67 comments)

Stephen Hawking can only communicate at about 1 word per minute. Using morse code may be slow compared to speaking, but it still could represent a pretty substantial improvement for some people.

about two weeks ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

aardvarkjoe Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

Exactly. It looks like the change that actually helped was that, near to intersections, they replaced a lane used for parking with a left turn lane. I don't know why anyone would be surprised that adding a traffic lane would help improve traffic flow.

The only thing that the bike lanes apparently have to do with it is that adding bike lanes was the reason why they decided to change the lane layout.

about three weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

aardvarkjoe Re:Awesome (107 comments)

What's an extra $10-20? One or two pizzas.

Maybe I'd rather have the pizzas than waste money on something that I don't need?

about a month ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

aardvarkjoe Re:Change.org is just another bulletin board (239 comments)

A petition with 13 signatures is not worth mentioning. Any idiot can set one up.

You mean any idiot with 12 idiot friends.

about a month ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

aardvarkjoe Re:Check your arithmatic (214 comments)

Anyone and everyone that has walked in much hotter temperatures, surely would.

It's making blanket statements like this that is making you sound like an idiot. I know very few people that consider 85F to be a comfortable temperature, let along "nice and cool."

The average person finds their comfort range for room temperature to be in the low- to mid-70s; and when exerting oneself (even to a small extent), the comfortable temperature will generally be lower than that. While I'm sure there are some people that prefer temperatures as high as 85 F, they are certainly outside the norm.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

aardvarkjoe Re:Stupid (561 comments)

Wow. So, we're modding up straight up racists now?

There is no evidence of racism in the post you replied to. It is obvious that he objects to a particular culture, not a particular race.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

aardvarkjoe Re:+1 for this Post (427 comments)

It's funny; I was actually looking into a replacement for my WRT54G (using DD-WRT) last night. It's been great for a long time, but during the past couple months it periodically craps out and stops responding. Unfortunately, it seems like the only router that everyone can agree on being good is the WRT54G series itself.

But there's some good leads from this post. Brings me back to the days when Ask Slashdot was actually frequently useful or interesting.

about 2 months ago
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Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

aardvarkjoe Re:Case closed (127 comments)

Not everyone bothers with these distinctions. To say that the debate is one rife with ignorance is to master the skill of understatement.

It's not the religious fundamentalist groups that are the ones that typically purposefully conflate the two.

about 2 months ago
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Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

aardvarkjoe Re:Context (167 comments)

Russia has had authoritarian governments for 500 years. What's the US's excuse?

Well, we haven't existed for 500 years, but give us some time -- we'll match that record!

about 2 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

aardvarkjoe Re:What Jesse wants (514 comments)

"Why can you not see the Moon during the day?"

I'm really curious as to the answer you came up with for this question.

about 2 months ago
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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

aardvarkjoe Inconceivable! (119 comments)

So they've found that encouraging students to take CS courses based on their skin color or genitals is less effective than encouraging students who have an interest or aptitude for the subject? Gee, I never would have guessed that result.

about 2 months ago
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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

aardvarkjoe Re:I wonder who is doing the actual posting. (165 comments)

I hope this is coming from some over zealot unpaid interns, working for the congress. Not from the actual congressmen themselves.

I hope this is coming from the congressmen themselves. They're much less likely to cause damage trolling Wikipedia rather than if they're attempting to pass legislation.

about 2 months ago
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UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

aardvarkjoe Idiot Slashdot editors again... (115 comments)

The article linked in the summary requires you to answer survey questions or post it to your google+ / facebook before you can read it.

Don't put up with that crap. It's even worse than forcing you to watch advertisements before reading something. Filter out pcpro.co.uk with your hosts file or whatever other method instead.

about 2 months ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

aardvarkjoe Re:Really? (125 comments)

Same here. I always press "1", which transfers to a live operator, and then I play along for a few minutes. Then I ask her what color underwear she is wearing. Most hang up at that point. but a few continue the conversation. If we all waste a little of their time, then these business will no longer be viable.

Or if you don't want to be stuck talking to them, just play along until they ask you for your credit card number, tell them, "oh, I have to find my wallet" -- and then set the phone down and do something else.

I once got one of them to waste fifteen minutes on me by picking up the phone every few minutes and making some new excuse.

about 2 months 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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