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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

asylumx Re:Are you kidding (776 comments)

It's amazing how many of the working class don't think of themselves as working class, isn't it?

2 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

asylumx Re:Are you kidding (776 comments)

If GP is going to be considered insightful, please mod parent informative.

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

asylumx Re:FreeTaxUSA (383 comments)

I've also been using FreeTaxUSA for a couple of years. On top of what parent said, they don't really have a lot of nags asking you to upgrade. They change for state(s) if you want them to handle that, too, but it's not very much. Yes, they can handle more than one state if you moved. Outside of upgrading to include states, there are no other fees and the site is very easy to use.

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

asylumx Re:"the agency uses a private contractor" (629 comments)

Of course, the private contractor screwed that up.

That can't be right, the private sector does everything better!

</sarcasm>

3 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

asylumx Re:Poor comments (673 comments)

Agreed, Slashdot has become a strange place lately. Certainly not the place where people put deep thought to a topic and set their emotions aside like it once was. I'd mod you up but already commented.

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

asylumx Re:Ah, how nice (673 comments)

I think maybe you completely missed the point of the GP... or I missed your point?

about a week ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

asylumx Re:The world is changing. (224 comments)

Hate to say it, but if you're going to post about how great you are, you should expect people to pick you apart on any internet forum, including Slashdot.

about two weeks ago
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New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

asylumx Re:um... (269 comments)

Something goes wrong in a vehicle, the vast majority of the time you end up stuck on the road.

Things go wrong much less in a plane, and when they do the plane has backups for most systems that have any likelihood of failing. Also, all of those systems undergo thorough inspection every year (even more often for rentals). So yes, when something serious goes wrong in a plane, it is far more difficult to safely "pull over" but the level of rigor preventing those bad things from happening more than makes up for it. On top of all that, it's not like anyone is stopping you from asking the pilot to show you his logbook prior to the flight.

about two weeks ago
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Sand in the Brain: A Fundamental Theory To Model the Mind

asylumx Re:1999? (105 comments)

Is this a new low in late new on /.?

I think you just had a brain sand avalanche.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

asylumx Re:Terrible summary (190 comments)

Also, just because they haven't evolved to do this yet doesn't mean that they won't ever evolve to do that. People seem to think as "today" as if it's the pinnacle of evolution, but it's not. Who knows what kinds of species the Earth will be home to in 100,000 yrs? 1 million years?

about two weeks ago
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A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

asylumx Re:They don't do anything important (180 comments)

Either way, I'm going to need you to come in on Saturday.

about two weeks ago
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A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

asylumx Re:Why does it need to replace the smartphone (180 comments)

I'm pretty sure I answered this question in my post...

it's not really any more convenient for those things than the smartphone that you still have to have in your pocket anyway, and it can't do any of the other cool stuff the smartphone does

Arguably, having the thing attached to your wrist makes some functions *less* convenient than holding your smartphone in your hand. I'm not arguing against the fact that these devices exist on the market, but the expectations for their uptake should be much lower, and we shouldn't be surprised when they are more of a fad than a disruptive tech.

about two weeks ago
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A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

asylumx Re:They don't do anything important (180 comments)

What sort of severance package do I get?

More fired. This isn't wall street!

about two weeks ago
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How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

asylumx Re:Back in my day (142 comments)

Bandwidth doesn't really matter after a certain point

Also, 640k will be enough for anyone!

about two weeks ago
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A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

asylumx Re:They don't do anything important (180 comments)

The reason they don't take off is because they are niche.

My proof-reader is fired.

about two weeks ago
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A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

asylumx They don't do anything important (180 comments)

The reason they don't take of is because they are niche. Fitbits only track fitness info. They don't do anything else. As much as we like to believe fitness is a necessity, it's not the #1 priority in most peoples lives so they are easy to forget to wear, and once you forget them for a day or two, you've lost the momentum and it's actually harder to get yourself to start caring again. Similar thing with the smart watch -- it can do a couple of things, but it's not really any more convenient for those things than the smartphone that you still have to have in your pocket anyway, and it can't do any of the other cool stuff the smartphone does. It doesn't have a chance until it can completely replace the smartphone, and even then it isn't a sure thing.

about two weeks ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

asylumx Re:Isn't the upshot the same? (325 comments)

I think the last figures put a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of workers to roles.

What figures were those? Were they regional? All of the US? j/w

about two weeks ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

asylumx Re:Not alerting the terrorists (286 comments)

Just because you've heard of this "logical fallacy" thing doesn't mean you should beat people over the head with it.

That one is called "Ad Hominem."

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

asylumx Re:It's always elegant at first (373 comments)

But skimping on doing it properly may make future versions harder to ship.

Yes, that's true, but that's a risk that the person who owns the software needs to consider. That owner is almost certainly not the developer and likely not their manager, either.

about three weeks ago

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Italian Earthquake Scientists Convicted for Missed Prediction

asylumx asylumx writes  |  about a year and a half ago

asylumx (881307) writes "Six seismologists and one public official in Italy have been convicted of manslaughter charges for failing to correctly predict a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in 2009 that killed at least 300 people. During a meeting a week before the quake, the scientists declared it was unlikely but not impossible for a major quake to occur, even though the area had been experiencing recent seismic activity. From the article: The Italian geophysics institute expressed "regret and concern" about the verdict in a statement Monday. It said the ruling "threatens to undermine one of the cornerstones of scientific research: that of freedom of investigation, of open and transparent discussion and sharing of results." Let's hope other countries don't follow suit!"
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US Supreme Court weighs on on Warrantless GPS Trac

asylumx asylumx writes  |  more than 2 years ago

asylumx (881307) writes "We've been following this story on Slashdot for a while now, well the US Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously that the police violated the Constitution when they placed a Global Positioning System tracking device on a suspect’s car and monitored its movements for 28 days. While the vote that the tracking was illegal is unanimous, there is some disagreement whether it simply constitutes a search (which should require a warrant under the 4th amendment) or if it was a breach of reasonable expectation of privacy. The latter seems to imply that GPS Tracking without a warrant is sometimes legal."
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US Eavesdropping Couples' Intimate Phone Calls

asylumx asylumx writes  |  more than 5 years ago

asylumx (881307) writes "Congress is looking into allegations that National Security Agency linguists have been eavesdropping on Americans abroad, including military officers in Iraq who called friends and family in the United States. One former linguist said military intercept operators would often share recordings of what he called "phone sex" and "pillow talk.""
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