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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

anmre Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

Indeed. It's striking when Americans care more about Ray Rice than we do about methods of tyranny that would make the Stasi cream themselves.

Bread and circuses, and so forth.

about a week ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

anmre All white meat (426 comments)

McDonald's is happy to introduce the all-white-meat chicken McNugget!

Wait ... what the fuck was in it before?

about a month ago

Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

anmre Re:Too much surplus (264 comments)

They also generated a butt-load of cash for the makers of said equipment.

about a month ago

Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

anmre Re:He's also advocating for tax hikes for the rich (207 comments)

It's fine for the rich to "be rich". They can sit on their cash all they want. It's when they want to do something with that cash like buying/selling stocks, moving their operations overseas, or passing their fortunes on to their children, it needs to be taxed. The taxes then go into social welfare programs (which include roads, schools, police) for the betterment of the society which they've used to become rich in the first place.

If they want to take their ball and go home crying, then so be it. Thanks to social safety nets, there will be a robust middle class eager to fill the void. The rich aren't the only ones capable of producing markets!

about a month ago

Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

anmre Re:Everything hits poor people harder (207 comments)

But poor and middle class people don't pay less, they pay more.

Ever hear of the Social Security tax cap?

The rich who make more than $117,000 annually do not have to pay Social Security taxes on anything earned above that amount despite the fact that every US citizen is expected to draw from the pool. As the rich inevitably get richer, the taxable dollars become fewer.

Please do the logic in your head and tell us how you think that is "the best way to distribute limited resources".

about a month ago

Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

anmre Re:While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (207 comments)

Oh yea - keep on blaming the poor for being poor! Have you ever lived paycheck-to-paycheck? If not then count your lucky-ducky stars because you are in the minority of Americans (assuming that you live in the US).

when the poor stop getting earned income credits totaling in the several thousands every year

You're thinking about this in the wrong way. Social safety nets are not about altruism, or even making it easy for the poor to get subsidies (it's not). When poor people lose their jobs, they lose their homes and end up on the streets. When large swaths of the population are homeless, you end up with filthy slums where basic necessities are rare and diseases flourish. Walls, police and even social ostracism may be able to keep undesirable people out of your pristine life, but they won't prevent diseases from spreading from poor communities to the rich who've managed to deny them even a damn toilet to shit in.

Keeping the poor from becoming that poor is a necessity for any civilization. Subsidies for the poor do far more for the common good than tax breaks for the rich.

about a month ago

Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

anmre Re:not sure how this is news. (165 comments)

It was a bad joke. I was agreeing with the OP that an opinionated comparison between two unrelated concepts is not really news for anybody, much less nerds.

Unfortunately I suck a e-jokes :)

about a month ago

Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

anmre Theft (368 comments)

"Over-charged" in this context implies that the bill was too high -- like when your waiter "charges" you for an extra cola that you didn't actually order. When you point it out to him, he goes back and prints a new check before you pay him. What mega-corporations like Comcast will do is simply ding your credit card on file without authorization for a product or service which was neither requested nor provided. Taking something which you aren't entitled to is theft, so let's call this what is: THEFT.

about a month ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

anmre Re:Tech Community (262 comments)

Yawn. Way to make an arbitrary distinction between the "wannabes" and the "cool kids". That is no more insightful than sitting with the jocks at the pep rally.

about a month ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

anmre Lewis Black (327 comments)

"Anyone who works from home is masturbating all day. I know this because I work from home."

~ Lewis Black

about a month ago

For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

anmre Re:Second fastest (98 comments)

I'm in Virginia Beach too. Cox high-speed is great and we even got to stream the World Cup via WatchESPN on the Roku for free simply for being Cox customers (we only have internet, no cable TV). However, all that streaming did put us over our usage last month, which they promptly informed us lol!

about a month ago

Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

anmre Re: Why is (201 comments)

I see your point. However, assuming that you actually do use TPB or something similar (you didn't specify), do you re-seed what you've downloaded? Because if you don't, then you are actually putting the seeders (distributors) at greater risk of getting caught and prosecuted for copyright infringement than you are willing to take on yourself. You would be consuming without paying in any form whatsoever. That would be unethical.

about a month ago

NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

anmre Re:Punishes fans? (216 comments)

its very telling that the NFL needs a *law* to force people to go to games and pay their exhorbitant ticket costs

Indeed. And so many of the players are either arrogant thugs or outright criminals. It's a disgusting organization from the inside-out.

about a month ago

What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

anmre Re:Pretending to do work is fraud (228 comments)

I get where you're coming from with regards to "sitting on your ass" and the perception that you as a manager might have of said person. I don't agree with the short-sightedness of that view point, but let's leave that aside for a moment.

What I don't understand is your combative attitude toward this hypothetical employee, and accusing him/her of fraudulent behavior when they've fulfilled their end of the deal -- mainly completing their tasks as assigned within the time allotted. That is what they are paid to do, is it not? That they finished before you thought that they would is irrelevant. If you expect the employee to seek more work above what they were originally expected to perform, then which is the best course of action for you the manager? Or do you think that your subordinates only have a duty to do right by you and not the other way around? Is the business the only entity entitled to act in its own self interest?

about a month ago

What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

anmre Re:Fraud (228 comments)

So let's be clear here:

Boss (you): "How do you get me these perfectly consistent Excel reports, which I have required of you as part of your job description, so quickly?"

Underling: "Well, you see, sir, I pushed Alt-F11 here in Excel to bring up the VBA Editor and ..."


Is that accurate?

about a month ago

What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

anmre Re:Automate it (228 comments)

You sound like a manager. Having a "what have you done for me lately" attitude only demotivates your best employees. How about letting that company-time-saving individual go home an hour early on Friday? For the love of jeebus, that's all it takes to keep him happy!

Also, obligatory Dilbert

about a month ago


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