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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

bsolar Re:In Switzerland (379 comments)

I don't want a Java app anywhere near my financial information.

Why?

yesterday
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

bsolar Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1109 comments)

It would not be wrongful termination since he was not fired, he resigned. Instead it could very well be constructive discharge

In the United States, constructive discharge has differing meanings depending on the jurisdiction. In California, the California Supreme Court defines constructive discharge as follows:

"In order to establish a constructive discharge, an employee must plead and prove, by the usual preponderance of the evidence standard, that the employer either intentionally created or knowingly permitted working conditions that were so intolerable or aggravated at the time of the employee's resignation that a reasonable employer would realize that a reasonable person in the employee's position would be compelled to resign."

about a week ago
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

bsolar Re:Inheritance = lottery win = gift = unearned inc (300 comments)

What I meant is that you said that people winning the lottery or the jackpot "did nothing to earn the money" which is absolutely not correct: these people paid to earn the chance of winning. Risking your own money to earn the chance of a win is definately not "doing nothing". Getting money doing nothing is more similar to receiving a gift.

Anyway I agree that earned or unearned income should not make any difference.

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

bsolar Re:Inheritence = Lottery Winnings (300 comments)

If you do nothing to earn something you get you don't win the lottery, you receive a gift. By your reasoning inheritance taxes should be taxed exactly the same way a gift is... which is ironic since gift taxation in the USA was introduced to avoid estate tax avoidance...

about a month ago
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Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

bsolar Re:Geez... (333 comments)

Seriously, what the fuck difference does it make what sex, race or religion you are to be in IT??!?!

Well, "talent crisis" usually means "talented workers cost too much, we have to find a cheaper source of them". Women do tend to get lower salaries than men...

about 2 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

bsolar Re:It removes all barrier to entry (597 comments)

Make graduating accordingly hard so that only the best graduate and only the expected number. This way the barrier of entry is not based on wealth but based on merit.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

bsolar Re:Soooo.... (379 comments)

Because he expects the community to agree with him. Karma should reflect what the community thinks of his activity, not what the site's admin thinks, so it should be possible to have positive karma on this site even posting negative comments about it, as long as the community supports them.

So either the admin tampered with his karma against the community's intentions, or the community is not as impressed with his activity as he thinks.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

bsolar Re:Where to obtain relevant news ? (361 comments)

Slashdot doens't write original articles, it mainly refers to already existings public articles/blogposts. The site is interesting mainly for the comments section which depends on the community and communities are extremely volatile. Of course you can try to introduce subscriptions/paywalls/whatever, but you have to make sure you don't alienate too much people since if slashdot loses its community nothing much of value would remain.

about 2 months ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

bsolar Re:They should call it an anti-retention device (664 comments)

If in your country it's actually allowed to conduct this kind of surveillance without the consent of the worker you have worse problems that fancy badges.

about 2 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

bsolar Re:Learn to freaken drive. (723 comments)

Yours is good advice but if the road conditions are actually bad it could very well not be enough. In some road conditions winter tires and/or snow chains are simply not an option.

about 3 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

bsolar Re:Canadian driving (723 comments)

You don't buy new tires every winter, you just keep them and swap them with your normal tires every year. This also means that you will distribute the wear on the 2 set of tires, making the normal tires last longer.

about 3 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

bsolar Re:Pffft (723 comments)

Skill and experience are of course very important but I guarantee you that driving on snow with winter tires vs normal tires makes a huge difference.

about 3 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

bsolar Re:Pffft (723 comments)

Winter tires are advised even if there is no snow since they provide a far superior performance in low temperature conditions. Not sure about the climate in Oklahoma, but if you have many months with temperatures falling under about 7C/45F you should switch tires in the winter.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

bsolar Re:Murica Fuck yea! (635 comments)

Well, more or less. People living in a city here expect to have at least a grocery store and a public transport stop within walking distance, making this information almost mandatory in all housing offers advertisements. I recently relocated to a different city and the greatest distance I found in the various offers I evaluated was 500 meters.

Grocery stores actually have to place the stores strategically since customers want to be able to get there walking and tend not to be too loyal to a given chain, so if you are significantly farther away compared to your competitors you lose customers. In my neighborhood alone there are at least a dozen grocery stores, half of them belonging to the same 2 big players.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

bsolar Re:Murica Fuck yea! (635 comments)

People here are used to own a trolley which they bring to the store. You can leave it just outside the cashier lines in a dedicated area made available by the shop (and secure it with a lock if you want, but most don't bother). Do your shopping, pay and load it in your trolley, drag it home.

about 3 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

bsolar Re:Hmm (1038 comments)

Most of the cost comes from the appeal process, which is long and expensive because you *have* to minimize mistakes. Make it quick and you have a higher error rate, which means more innocents will be wrongfully executed.

about 2 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

bsolar Re:Hmm (1038 comments)

He can also be released, reformed, contributing to a better society. Or released after found to be actually not guilty. Capital punishment is the typical solution to the complex problem which is quick, simple, and wrong.

about 2 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

bsolar Re:Hmm (1038 comments)

The point is about the emphasis which is given to the fetus being a victim. Many are perfectly fine in considering a fetus a disposable nuisance as long as it's the mother herself wanting it dead. Instead in this case they are acting as if it's considered a... human being!

about 2 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

bsolar Re:Hmm (1038 comments)

As a society you are actually *less* humane. If you want to be more humane stop executing criminals: there are better, more effective, cheaper and *more humane* solutions.

about 2 months ago
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Senior Managers Are the Worst Information Security Offenders

bsolar Re:Maybe (181 comments)

In small companies the CEO might even be "one of the guys doing all the work" and might even be one of the best at it.

about 3 months ago

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