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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

cogeek Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (324 comments)

They don't even care about re-election any more. They pass laws that benefit their donors and get a nice cushy "consulting" gig when they retire.

about two weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

cogeek Re:Unintended consequences? (455 comments)

Realistically the only time the footage would be viewed would be when there's an offense that warrants it, such as an officer shooting a suspect or a reported abuse. There's no way you could have every officer wearing a camera and every moment of video reviewed. Most of the solutions I've seen that are in place now don't keep every minute of every day recorded. They buffer 30 minutes or so and when the officer hits a button to indicate it needs to keep the footage it does.

about a month ago
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Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part Two of Two)

cogeek Never going to happen... (66 comments)

Think about the drawbacks to flying cars: 1.) Amount of energy required to keep a car in the air versus on the ground. 2.) How many broken down cars do you see on the side of the road every day on an average commute? Now imagine they all crashed from an altitude of 100' or more. 3.) FAA would never allow flying cars to travel at low altitude over residential areas, thus forcing all flying cars to fly over existing roads, negating any benefit of a flying car, since it would still be "stuck in traffic" 4.) They'd have to have VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) or we'd have to have runways built at every house, commercial building, etc. Until they come up with an unlimited source of energy, a mechanical device as complicated as a flying car that never breaks down, and sufficient airspace to make it practical, flying cars will remain science fiction.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

cogeek Re: THANK GOD for "automatic updates" (179 comments)

You have 40+ Windows servers and aren't using WSUS? Deploy WSUS, pull the patches down on Tuesday, push them on Monday night. Gives nearly a whole week for the rest of the world to figure out they're not working for you.

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

cogeek Where's Snowden the second? (98 comments)

Just get a low level tech to release some NSA docs to the Russians, instant $110k!

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

cogeek Re:Who owns them? (474 comments)

Maximum transmission speed on a single coax cable last I heard was 100mbps. Since I have a 40 mbps connection rate and 5 televisions all hooked up with HD channels, how exactly could they double that without cutting into my bandwidth?

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

cogeek Re:It's a separate connection (474 comments)

There's only one cable coming from the pole to my home, so how is it a different connection? Of course it will use your bandwidth, just as every other Comcast customer in my area affects my bandwidth.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

cogeek Re:Who owns them? (474 comments)

Yeah, and both the subscriber and the freeloader will get the same amount of bandwidth I pay for every month from Comcast? Do they magically double the connection speed? Because I'm already at the highest level Internet they offer.

about 4 months ago
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Parents Mobilize Against States' Student Data Mining

cogeek Re:Not Anticipated (139 comments)

You give the government too much credit. Common core doesn't take location into account at all. It's a one-size will be imposed on all solution.

about 4 months ago
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Parents Mobilize Against States' Student Data Mining

cogeek Re:Not Anticipated (139 comments)

More likely they were just high. It's ridiculous to think that what works for kids in Florida works for kids in Hawaii, or what works for kids in Arizona works for kids in New York. This kind of data is just meant for tracking, it wouldn't be used to improve a thing.

about 4 months ago
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I Want a Kindle Killer

cogeek Re:What I would like in a Kindle (321 comments)

Every Android tablet I've owned has a hard reset button. Hold the power button down for 3-5 seconds and it powers off.

about 4 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

cogeek Re:save money (483 comments)

It's a sure fired way to make sure they don't become repeat offenders.

about 4 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

cogeek Re:LOL ... no ... (251 comments)

First game that made me sick was Prey. All the twisting and turning as soon as you come through the portal, too much for this old fart.

about 4 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

cogeek Re:The Good Old Days! (522 comments)

Yes, stopping mid-sentence every 5 seconds or so and pressing Ctrl-Z is highly conducive to the creative process. Thanks for proving the author's point that newer isn't always better.

about 4 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

cogeek The Good Old Days! (522 comments)

I still remember WordPerfect 5.1 running on DOS, once you had all the shortcut keys memorized, was lightning fast and did just what it was supposed to. I get so pissed off clicking on the little blue lightning bolt every 5 seconds to undo something Microsoft thought it was helping me "fix."

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

cogeek Re:Denver (784 comments)

No, Denver is full, stay in California!

about 5 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

cogeek Re: And any idiot with a soldering iron can bypass (765 comments)

Keep up on the laws, multiple states have laws in place that require this technology be installed on all handguns once it's available. Whether it works or not doesn't matter, just if it's available.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Tell a Compelling Story About IT Infrastructure?

cogeek Re:Save your breath. (192 comments)

PowerPoint! Who doesn't appreciate a good PowerPoint presentation?

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There really needs to be a sarcasm font...

about 5 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

cogeek Google, you're our only hope! (258 comments)

Please just mention you're coming to Denver, would love to see how Comcass and CenturyLunk react.

about 5 months ago

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