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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

cob666 Re:trees have branches (1037 comments)

The internet is a series of branches, and atheists want to send their beliefs down those branches, and into your child's bedroom.

No more so than the religious nut jobs. How many times have you browsed to a site thinking it to be a legitimate news site or scientific article only to find that it was a well disguised religious message.

Real religious belief requires blind faith, if someone loses their religion because of the wealth of information on the internet that refutes their belief system then they were clearly lacking in the faith department.

I went from agnostic to atheist after the death of my mother! long before the rise of the internet as we now know it.

about 4 months ago

An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

cob666 Re:System failures versus personal ones (357 comments)

There were a small number of (serious) failures with an unusual and hard to diagnose failure mode.

If this were truly the case then GM wouldn't have changed the part and kept the same part number. I don't see anything mentioned about there even being a service bulletin released which usually happens when a part is changed because of a small chance of failure.

about 4 months ago

Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

cob666 Re:Color Blind (397 comments)

And frankly, it's really easy to have that "treat everyone the same" attitude when you've never had to worry about being treated differently based on your race/gender.

I have been treated differently based on my race. Promoting or hiring a less qualified person because they are of a minority race or gender is wrong and that is the fundamental problem with the way affirmative action is applied. Your vacuum environment isn't relevant because affirmative action wasn't designed to function in a vacuum, it was designed to function in the real world. When applications for a job are equally qualified it can work but this is seldom the case. For fear of being labeled or even sued for racial or gender discrimination I have seen businesses hire the lesser qualified minority.

about 4 months ago

Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

cob666 Color Blind (397 comments)

My experience has been that IT is more color blind than many other departments in large companies I've worked at. The problem is lack of qualified job candidates. Hiring somebody or giving them preferential treatment in the hiring process based on their race or skin color is discrimination.

Stop affirmative action.

about 4 months ago

Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

cob666 Good and Bad Vets (279 comments)

Out current vet is great. He makes house calls which is much less stressful for our cats. He doesn't seem to be aggressive about prescribing medication but will often tell us if there is a human OTC equivalent we can use when possible.

A good friend of ours has a cat that was chewing its fur off and required a cat food that is only available by prescription and she wasn't able to get it where she lived. Our vet recommended something similar and wrote us a prescription so we could get the cat food for our friend. After about 7-10 days there was a noticeable improvement in her cat's fur and about 6 months later her fur is fully grown back. She has the cat on 1/2 prescription food now and it seems to be working.

As with anything else, one should be wary of vets that are treating illnesses that are not visible and cost money to treat. As with human doctors, it's also wise to get a second opinion on these things.

about 6 months ago

An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

cob666 Re:no (479 comments)

Too often, the situation is that there is no viable competition, as the market is too small or too remote to attract competition, or it has been legislated away by cities granting right of way to exclusive contracts.

Sometimes is has NOTHING to do with how small or remote your town/city is. I live in a well populated suburban town in New England and our choices for internet are either Cox cable or AT&T DSL. Cable speeds are between 10-15 Mb but the fastest DSL we can have is less than 5 Mb. Verizon advertises FIOS for our area but if you try to subscribe you'll be told they don't offer it in our town. Many New England towns are vendor locked and the consumers are left with little or no choices.

about 6 months ago

US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

cob666 Re:This is the problem with religious people. (903 comments)

At some base level the point of health insurance is to have a large enough pool of people paying premiums to spread out the costs of health care so no individual is over burdened. Yes I know this is an idealistic and to some degree unrealistic view but it really is the basic concept. My wife's policy includes pregnancy related coverage even though she has had a hysterectomy and is NOT capable of producing a child.

Government provided services should not be allowed to make exemptions for any religious belief and it appears that this is the case here. Once you grant an exemption for one religious group where do you stop or draw the line? What about other religions that forbid the use of certain types of medicine or treatment, should there be exclusions put in place to deal with them as well?

about 7 months ago

Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers

cob666 Re:Reverse Santa? (418 comments)

Totally agree here.

This is what happens when you 'license' content. Disney is just exercising the management of their digital rights and this is why I strip the DRM from my content if at all possible.

about 7 months ago

US FDA Moves To Ban Trans Fat

cob666 Re:Artificial trans fat, not just trans fat. (520 comments)

And one of the biggest problems with that is that if a food has .6 g transfat per 6 oz service, the package is modified to state the serving size is now 4 oz. The transfat is now .4 g per serving so they get to put 0 g transfat per serving on the package.

I agree that the nutritional information should require transfat be declared in tenth of a gram precision to close up that loophole.

about 9 months ago

Finally, a Bill To End Patent Trolling

cob666 Still Bad Patents (162 comments)

As long as there are patents on software and processes, the patent trolling will never really end.

about 9 months ago

Connecting To Unsecured Bluetooth Car Systems To Monitor Traffic Flow

cob666 CFAA? (161 comments)

Connecting to a computer system without the consent of the owner is still a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and a felony the last time I checked.

about 9 months ago

NYC Is Tracking RFID Toll Collection Tags All Over the City

cob666 Re:Trending political procedures... (314 comments)

Not sure about this. There are currently laws that say if a state is collecting tolls on a specific road then they get no federal assistance for those roads. This is why CT removed tolls on several roads a few years ago.

about 10 months ago

Parallels Update Installs Unrelated Daemon Without Permission

cob666 Good to know (170 comments)

I've been using Parallels Desktop for several versions now but I won't be 'upgrading' to version 9 until this is resolved. Up to now, Parallels has been a great product.

about a year ago

The Return of Surveillance Camera Man

cob666 Idiot (188 comments)

This guy is an idiot and I'm surprised he doesn't get his ass kicked more often.

about a year ago

BitCoin Mining, Other Virtual Activity Taxable Under US Law

cob666 Re:Bitcoin mining is not capital gains (239 comments)

Unless your business was buying and selling BitCoins, then the sale would be classified as regular income.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Another Dev Steals Your Work and Adds Their Name?

cob666 Re:I got nothing (480 comments)

In cases of works made for hire, the employer or commissioning party is considered to be the author

Really depends on your contract. My standard contract clearly states that I retain all copyright to my code. If the client is paying for source code and not a finished product then I assign them a perpetual non transferrable right to use and modify the code provided that they attribute my original copyright.

about a year ago

CRTC Unveils New Wireless Code To Protect Canadian Customers

cob666 Re:2 year contract (230 comments)

Bell Mobility offers a 10% discount on voice plans if your phone is not being subsidized.

about a year ago

CRTC Unveils New Wireless Code To Protect Canadian Customers

cob666 Re:A nice lead... (230 comments)

Unfortunately, because VZW is CDMA all the roaming information is in the PRL data, both voice AND data. So, if you disable data roaming you will ONLY get data in your home area. I've had similar issues in Maine where I was billed for data roaming in Canada even though I was in the US and my phone clearly indicated that it was on the Verizon network. Every time this has happened I called customer support, explained the situation and they removed the charges.

about a year ago

Florida Activates System For Citizens To Call Each Other Terrorists

cob666 Re:The Haystack (501 comments)

Because the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to dump increasing amounts of hay on top.

In this case: the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to tell the people that the haystack is filled with needles and reward them for giving you information on the location of a needle in the hopes that one tip will give you the location of the ACTUAL needle.

about a year ago

US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

cob666 Re:bollocks (678 comments)

More importantly, the bottom line is that the government needs tax revenues. If you want the gov't to cut spending, that is a totally different topic. If you allow the government to exist in any way/shape/form, it needs money, and if they can't get sales tax, they will just increase your real estate taxes instead until they can cover the difference, or any number of alternative tax revenue avenues. Heck, abolish state sales taxes entirely for all I care, it's a regressive tax anyway, just make sure that whatever tax is raised in its place is applied fairly. One way or another, they will collect tax. If you don't like it, then fight spending until they don't have to collect tax. But wanting all the spending, while denying the necessary tax revenues is fiscally irresponsible.

If by government, you mean State Government then yes, they do rely on sales tax. But most (if not all) states that collect sales tax ALREADY have a mechanism in place to charge sales tax on out of state purchases directly to the consumer. It's called a 'use tax' and states should be using THAT to collect the sales tax due. Do you know how many businesses I deal with that don't pay the use tax when they buy stuff from Amazon? States should have focused on collecting this tax instead of wishing for some magical solution that would drop revenue in their laps. So, now instead of auditing state citizens, states are going to have to create centralized departments to deal with basically every online company in the entire country and start auditing them. Sounds like a much more expensive solution to collect what should be the SAME amount of use tax revenue.

about a year ago



Best flooring solution for home office

cob666 cob666 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

cob666 (656740) writes "The linoleum flooring in our home office needs to be replaced, it was installed about 15 years ago, long before we bought the house. The flooring will be going down on top of a wood sub-floor. I've done some research and it seems that a nice engineered click flooring is our best option but we should still use chair mats under the rolling chairs. I installed and refinished hardwood floors for close to 10 years but that was almost 20 years ago so I have very little first hand experience with the newer products. I did install a laminate flooring in the upstairs bedrooms but that doesn't seem durable enough for a home office. I'm also not sure if we should float the floor or glue it down or what type of cushion / barrier to use if we do float it. My question for the Slashdot community is: If you've recently re-floored your home office, what type of flooring did you decide to go with and why? How durable is your new floor and is it wearing how you thought it would? If you aren't happy with how your floor came out, what would you change to make it 'right'?"

Recommend a new laptop

cob666 cob666 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cob666 (656740) writes "It's that time again and I need a new laptop for work. My current laptop is an HP ZD8000 and it's pretty much reached the end of it's useful lifespan. My bread and butter comes from developing on the Microsoft .Net platform mostly in C#. I usually find that a machine that has decent gaming specs works pretty good for development but I'm sick of lugging around a behemoth with a 17" screen. My wish list for a new system isn't very complex. Obviously, I need something beefy enough to run Vista with Visual Studio 2008. Almost all the laptops I've looked at so far are pretty comparable when it comes to disk capacity and installed RAM and pretty much every machine comes with 802.x support and the ability to add bluetooth. For a display, I'm thinking a 15" (or there about) screen but I would like resolution a little better than 1200 x 800 also, the ability so support two displays is important. Decent battery life would be nice but it's not a deal killer as I'm usually working at my desk. I'm leaning towards a Dell XPS M1530.

What would you recommend and why?"


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