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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

compro01 Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (349 comments)

No-class-action clauses have held up, all the way to the Supreme Court. See AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

compro01 Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (349 comments)

Doesn't Comcast have a "You're not allowed to file a class action suit against us. Hahahaha." clause in their contracts?

2 days ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

compro01 Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

That's very much incorrect. It's treated as a deduction

Read the site.

If you paid or accrued foreign taxes to a foreign country on foreign source income and are subject to U.S. tax on the same income, you may be able to take either a credit or an itemized deduction for those taxes.

You're assuming it is always option 2 (acts as a deduction), and ignoring option 1 (acts as a credit).

about a week ago
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Russia Cracks Down On Public Wi-Fi; Oracle Blocks Java Downloads In Russia

compro01 Re:Turkey? (254 comments)

Are you sure the US has sanctions on Turkey?

Had, yes. The USA had an arms embargo and miscellaneous other sanctions against Turkey from 1974 to 1980-ish, as a result of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

compro01 Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (95 comments)

According to Tesla, it will have as much production capacity as all current li-ion battery factories combined.

The giga does have some meaning, as the factory has a planned production of 35 gigawatt-hours of batteries per year.

about a month ago
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$299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed

compro01 Re:Nvidia's support of Tegra has been abysmal (65 comments)

Does that include the Tegra Note tablet? The only bug of relevance I've found is the GPS is garbage and updates for it have been steady, with it sitting at Kitkat, with the announced intention to upgrade it to L when that comes out.

about a month ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

compro01 Re:Wait, wait... (132 comments)

Our government can buy up vulnerabilities from Exodus, then release them

Or just buy up Exodus, period, continue operating it as a GOC, and release vulnerabilities are they're discovered.

about a month ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

compro01 Re:what a coincidence (253 comments)

You're thinking of Type 1 Diabetes where this is for Type 2.

No, many type 2 diabetics are insulin-dependant.

about a month and a half ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

compro01 Re:Was she cured? (126 comments)

Seems to me stupid to say a person is cured if they have to keep taking meds to prevent a relapse.
By that standard insulin is a cure for diabetes.

They thought she might have been cured as she went two years without the meds without suffering a relapse. Typically, a relapse occurs within weeks of discontinuing the medication.

But that ended up bring wrong, as she eventually did relapse, so now they need to figure out why it took so long for that to happen.

about a month and a half ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

compro01 Re:Why yes, we should blame the victim here (311 comments)

She's taking a stand against someone else's repugnant behavior.

By suing what appears to be everyone except that someone else?

about 2 months ago
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Wireless Contraception

compro01 Re:yes but (302 comments)

Hobby Lobby didn't have a problem with contraceptives they were okay with 16 that is currently on the market. They didn't want to support the last four drugs which are abortifacients. Anyways, the ruling was much more. You should read it carefully.

They were okay with the 1,196 that are on the market. It was just the 4, including two types of IUDs that were problematic.

Yes, and then SCOTUS ruled the next day that Catholic-owned corporations can opt out of all birth control.

about 2 months ago
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Wireless Contraception

compro01 Re:yes but (302 comments)

Me not paying for your stuff is not the same as me keeping you from having it.

"I'm not denying treatment, I'm denying payment."

about 2 months ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

compro01 Re:Scientific research never got anyone anything (225 comments)

You will need to have a process of converting Fusion-generated energy into fuel.

We've had that for almost a century. The Fischer-Tropsch process. Hydrogen+carbon monoxide+energy=liquid hydrocarbons.

The whole "fuel from seawater" thing a few months ago was this, using seawater as the source for the hydrogen (electrolysis) and carbon (dissolved in seawater).

about 2 months ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

compro01 Re:CFL in Low Temperature (196 comments)

Forget about using a CFL in the cold. Go get a LED bulb for that. The one I have in my front steps light (A 22W Feit) actually seems to get brighter the colder it gets.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

compro01 Re:Legal Precedent? (495 comments)

This comes under the general category of "absurdly overbroad".

It's like pitching an entire city of of their houses because you suspect that there's criminal activity going on somewhere in that city.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

compro01 Re:Sue them for all they're worth (495 comments)

That's Verisign, not Verizon.

Though not all the domains in question were .com and .net. For example, no-ip.biz appears to be out and that TLD is run by Neustar, though they're also a US corp.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

compro01 Re:Gee Catholic judges (1330 comments)

1. 9% is the "typical use" failure rate. The "perfect use" rate is hypothetical and of little consequence for practical use, as people doing things perfectly is a damn rare occurrence. It's a far better idea to promote the use of methods that are inherently screwup-proof.

2. Yes, that is probably entirely within the constitutional powers of the US federal government. What you listed is quite similar to what was mandated by the second Militia Act of 1792. Though I don't think there was ever a legal challenge to that law, so I'm not completely sure on its constitutionality.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

compro01 Re:Gee Catholic judges (1330 comments)

You got that backward, though. An IUD is considerably cheaper than the pill.

In total, yes, but with the IUD, it's all paid up front, which comes to a paycheque or two for a low-wage worker, whereas the pill comes in $10/month instalments.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

compro01 Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

That's kind of the crux of the matter, isn't it? A month of generic birth control pills costs about $10/mo. Purchased in bulk, condoms are about $0.50/ea. Both are readily available at no cost from a variety of sources for those who can't afford them. Setting aside the heated political debate, it seems foolish to route these sorts of purchases through your insurance company, with inevitable overhead, rather than simply purchasing them yourself.

Great! The people least able to afford a pregnancy can only get the least-effective forms of birth control! Awesome! That's definitely not a bad idea.

Or we can offer them any method they want, including far more effective and foolproof ones (IUD, implant, etc.), all at the same cost, which is what the mandate is about.

about 2 months ago

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