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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

curmudgeon99 Re:The "City of London" - A Lawless Square Mile (302 comments)

The City of London is indeed the heart of tax evasion. It directs tax evasion around the world.
You are absolutely a liar. I direct you to this Guardian story that explicitly states that as a fact.
You ridiculous comments about the Freemasons, etc is subterfuge trying to hide with disinformation the precise fact that the City of London is a world center of lawless scumbaggery and its apologists like you are the worst sort on the planet.

To us, it's an obscure shift of tax law. To the City, it's the heist of the century In David Cameron we have a leader whose job is to quietly legitimise a semi-criminal, money-laundering economy
Quote: But I've just read Nicholas Shaxson's Treasure Islands – perhaps the most important book published in the UK so far this year – and now I'm not so sure. Shaxson shows how the world's tax havens have not, as the OECD claims, been eliminated, but legitimised; how the City of London is itself a giant tax haven, which passes much of its business through its subsidiary havens in British dependencies, overseas territories and former colonies; how its operations mesh with and are often indistinguishable from the laundering of the proceeds of crime; and how the Corporation of the City of London in effect dictates to the government, while remaining exempt from democratic control.

Further evidence: The tax haven in the heart of Britain

"What they sell is escape: from the laws, rules and taxes of jurisdictions elsewhere, usually with secrecy as their prime offering. The notion of elsewhere (hence the term "offshore") is central. The Cayman Islands' tax and secrecy laws are not designed for the benefit of the 50,000-odd Caymanians, but help wealthy people and corporations, mostly in the US and Europe, get around the rules of their own democratic societies. The outcome is one set of rules for a rich elite and another for the rest of us."

about three weeks ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

curmudgeon99 The "City of London" - A Lawless Square Mile (302 comments)

That is certainly rich. The "City of London" is a lawless square mile in the center of London that is not subject to the laws of England. It is the center of all the tax evasion secrecy jurisdictions around the world. If you think of the rampant and lawless tax evasion that goes on in places such as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey, they are all directed from this cesspool of lawless behavior known as the City of London.
For context I direct you to the magnificent book by Nicholas Shaxton called Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens . But don't stop there. Further evidence of the vile and lawless damage the City of London does to the world:

about three weeks ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

curmudgeon99 Exxon Wants To Kill The Planet (201 comments)

Exxon care so little about this planet and so much about their own profit that they don't give a damn if they kill off the planet, as long as they get theirs. Bastards.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

curmudgeon99 CostCO (130 comments)

Take them to CostCo. They digitized some movies I had taken in Russia in 1997 and they looked great.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:good plan (200 comments)

My experience is they never think creatively. They can come up with one solution and if that does not fly for some reason, they are toast.
I have worked with a few who were okay but with so many who were just not that bright.

Finally, you need to watch your correct use of the English language, guy. When I saw "rote" instead of the correct "wrote", it was hard to take your ideas seriously. Just sayin'...

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:Punitive Damages? (200 comments)

Damn well said.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:good plan (200 comments)

I have yet to meet a unionized engineer.
When I worked for Bloomberg in New York City, they were constantly firing international employees for theft of intellectual property. Not sure where that charge came from.
Sounds to me that your whole point is that some VC told you how to think. H-1B visa holders are only popular with people like CEOs and VC who really have no experience in the field. Working engineers know that they are wildly overrated. That's why so many companies have abandoned the use of H-1B visa holders. It is a practice valued by people who really don't have any experience in the field. They think it's a good value but in fact it's a myth. Tata produces terrible engineers. They pretend they're going to send experienced engineers here but the people that companies actually get are unexperienced and come here expecting to be trained by US engineers. Then, they produce terrible work and US engineers have to silently rewrite it. I say "silently" because management doesn't want to hear that fact because they want to push the fiction that they're saving money. So, then, the cycle continues where management believes it's saving money while domestic engineers have to actually rewrite the crappy code produced by Tata. I have seen this play out in several companies, especially ones located in NYC.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:there is nothing 'fair' about this (200 comments)

Obviously someone does not know that we in America have a law called the Sherman Anti-Trust Act that has been on the books for over 100 years. Please take your Ayn Rand fantasies into some right wing hothouse where you belong, "Lucky One". Or better yet: Pah-shole na hooey.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:Who cares if they pay $0 (200 comments)

Clearly a lie motivated by your politics. The entire case would not exist without the attorneys working on it for contigency fees. Then, at worst, the attorneys get 1/3. That means the class-action defendents will get 2/3rds of whatever is recovered. Then, going forward, every engineer in the United States will benefit in perpetuity by the increased salaries that are an absolute result of this.
If any companies had wanted to expatriate, they would have already done so. They stay in an expensive place such as Silicon Valley precisely because of the quality of the talent there.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:good plan (200 comments)

Many US companies have tried moving overseas, only to see that it's ineffective. Offshoring is not new. If it were the panacea that you're implying, every single company would have already done it--but that hasn't happened. For the same reason, most startups occur in the United States. You are just pushing a political opinion that is not based on any facts or reality.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

It's a false name in either case--what does it matter?

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

I will leave it to the jury whether or not you're a crackpot based on your other comments, Lonnie. But you fail here to note that a company like Swiss RE bases its entire business on measuring and appraising risk. Second, they do indeed have data they use to assess the change in risk they face--and that is the history of claims they have been paying. Swiss RE and other re-insurance companies such a Lloyds of London now require insurance companies they back to take into account the impact of climate change. The point of this is not to construe their interest as some scientific absolute on the existence of antropogenic climate change--it is merely to combat the notion that is put forward by the non-scientific climate change deniers like you who want to act like nothing strange at all is happening to the climate. The reality that these large corporations whose lifeblood is assessing risks on pain of going out of business, do indeed take the risk of a worldwide calamity driven by climate change serious as a heart attack. Nothing further can be inferred from their interest other than their serious and factual opinions that climate change remains a true and actual risk that our planet faces.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

But American Express and Discover do not.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

"Jane"--Lonnie--you're a crackpot.
None of your canards explain why Swiss RE, a non-American company and huge re-insurer, also has concluded that Greenhouse Warming is a significant recognised risk that they are not ignoring. To wit, from the MIT article: "Swiss Re identified climate change as an emerging risk more than 20 years ago, long before most financial and insurance companies -- or most businesses in general. A vocal advocate of mitigation strategies, climate change is now a significant component of the company’s long-term risk management strategy."
Swiss RE.
Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland

about 1 month ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:What will it take? (302 comments)

Despite the shorter longevity of methane in the atmosphere, the danger it poses for runaway greenhouse warming well overwelms any benefit from its short lifespan, as is well recognised, such as its triggering of ground-level ozone, yet another potent greenhouse gas. As you note, fracking is yet another voluminous source of methane, so its short lifespan in the atmosphere is no comfort. In short, it's a runaway effect because CO2 releases lead to Methane releases, which lead to more and more Methane release, which dominoes to other potent greenhouse gases. Textbook runaway warming. So, what was your objection?

about 1 month ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re: unfair policy (302 comments)

You're referring to Blue Cross, which is a health insurer. Health insurance is regulated differently than property and casualty insurance, which is the insurance that is most affected by global warming. (I have professional experience with both types). However, through their investment portfolios, both types of insurance company are affected primarily by the damage to coastal real estate that these companies--and the re-insurers--own as investment vehicles. And, as I'm sure you know, most of the premium income taken in by these companies is used for investments.
Finally, you call global warming a "convenient excuse" while the insurance companies, their underwriters and the actuaries for the big re-insurers call it a "recognised risk". There is a difference as, your appelation implies the risk is ficticious while these insurance companies do not consider it a fictional risk--which was my original point.

about 1 month ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

Good!
[I guess the I misunderstood it when you wrote: "You have no clue about anything you are talking about." :) ]

about 1 month ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

You are correct. I reversed them.'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists

It was found from the average drops in elevation that were detected by CryoSat that Greenland alone is losing about 90 cubic miles a year, while in Antarctica the annual volume loss is about 30 cubic miles. These rates of loss – described as "incredible" by one researcher – are the highest observed since altimetry satellite records began about 20 years ago, and they mean that the ice sheets' annual contribution to sea-level rise has doubled since 2009, say the researchers whose work was published in the journal Cryosphere last week.
"We have found that, since 2009, the volume loss in Greenland has increased by a factor of about two, and the West Antarctic ice sheet by a factor of three," said glaciologist Angelika Humbert, one of the study's authors. "Both the West Antarctic ice sheet and the Antarctic peninsula, in the far west, are rapidly losing volume. By contrast, East Antarctica is gaining volume, though at a moderate rate that doesn't compensate for the losses on the other side of the continent."

about 1 month ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

curmudgeon99 Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

You should read earlier comments. We've covered this ground already. I have deep experience in this subject. The re-insurance companies take risk from insurance companies world wide.

The point is this: "No climate-change deniers to be found in the reinsurance business". This conversation is not about the nature of re-insurance but about their view of the risk inherant in global climate change. They view it as a serious risk and so do insurance companies.

about 1 month ago

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It's Official: Silverlight is Dead

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "Windows 8 makes Silverlight Microsoft's uneaten dog food: moldy crap that will be kept around only until somebody in Redmond gets around to throwing it out. Silverlight is dead and gone. Microsoft won't support it anymore"
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MacBookAir{ :brick = '2 drops water'}

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

curmudgeon99 (1040054) writes "MacBook Air, 11", 3 weeks old. Two drops coffee on the keyboard => catastrophic system failure and total loss including entire "hard" drive, which consists of flash chips naked on the motherboard, which is located at the bottom of an aluminum bathtub where liquid will naturally collect.

2 drops => MacBook Air brick.

The motherboard with the entire hard drive sits naked at the bottom of the aluminum bathtub that is the case. They cannot put a proper shield between the keyboard and the innards because they need it open for cooling, another consequence of the design choice of an aluminum bucket. The MacBook Air is a beautifully designed curiosity that is not fit for real-world use, in my opinion."
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Radio Frequency Allows Salt Water To Burn!

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "A researcher has found a way to use a radio-frequency generator to allow salt water to burn. Apparently, the radio waves weaken the bond that hold the hydrogen atom in the water molecule. As long as the radio waves are maintained, the effect persists. [Recall that this bond is normally broken using Electrolysis, which takes a lot of energy to achieve]."
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H1-B Visa Day Of Reckoning Nigh

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "Tech bigwigs fail to convince Congress to open the floodgates on H1-B visas.

Although people like Balmer, Gates and the Googleboys tried to convince Congress to allow a lot more H1-B visas, the Democratically-controlled Congress had none of it. It appears that they are going clamp down on the abuse of the H1-B system.

Hearing the bigwigs whine about how this is worse than the status quo is a sign that the American high-tech worker just won one."

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curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

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