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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

deego This will happen time and again. (420 comments)

This will happen time and again. If not Intuit, it will be industry X buying government on issue Y because it benefits them.

You can blame Intuit all you want, but that's like blaming sand for flowing downhill. Legal lobbying for your best self-interest is what we all do.

The real problem is not Intuit, but it's the Government. It should not be "buyable." Its purpose was to provide national security and law and order, that's all. The more functions and power it takes on, the more the lobbying goes up..

Think it's not bad enough? Heck, a 30-mile circle outside DC is populated mainly by lobbyists.
 

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

deego Re:Guarddog: (187 comments)

Ah. Sad to hear that. Was a good starter firewall!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

deego Guarddog: (187 comments)

I always thought of guarddog as the simplest, easiest, friendly GUI-based firewall.

It's still around, of course, but IDK why it vanished from Debian starting wheezy. Made me switch to the command-line based ufw ... about time!

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

deego Re:The root of the problem lies with ... the peopl (273 comments)

Many slashdotters defend "We the people" saying that people have no choice. They claim, for example, both Dems and Reps. take turns tightening the noose whereas people actually like liberty.

The fact is that Dems. and Reps. *both* are very sensitive to opinion polls.

The problem *is* We the people. The fact that we slashdotters don't realize in our slashdot bubble is that a *majority* of population does believe that TSA is necessary, and that TSA are good for the nation.

So, I agree. Ultimately, the real problem is not Dems or Reps. It's We the People. By and large, the policies of countries do tend to reflect what We the People believe.

You can't excuse the populace as a whole and simply blame the "system."

about a month and a half ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

deego Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (2219 comments)

>> and (more importantly) user expectations continue to evolve.

Really? Really? Where are these hordes of users who love beta so much?

Is that for real? Did you get that phrase from the marketing shills at dice?

 

about 3 months ago
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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

deego Re:I'm probably going to regret this post (351 comments)

>>> Yet somehow the East India companies managed to impoverish the larger part of humanity for over three centuries and have a run of over a century each. Monopoly and government are the same thing. Only American Libertarians think they live in a world where economic and political power have nothing in common and can't reenforce each other until the fundamentals of the economy turn against them.

You couldn't have chosen a better example to illustrate that most long-lasting monopolies were so precisely because of being propped up by the Government.
   

about 3 months ago
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Overstock.com Plans To Accept Bitcoin

deego Message to those who will complain in 2014: (202 comments)

Message to those who will complain in 2014 about how bitcoin is "not fair" because they failed to buy today:

See the signs. Read the news. Understand the protocol. And, consider investing. And, if you don't buy now, then for heavens' sake, don't complain in 2014 about "unfairness" after the overstock thing happens. It's not others' fault that you don't buy in time. Rewards (may or may not) come to those who take the risk.

about 4 months ago
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GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

deego Re:real socialism (356 comments)

Neither (true fiscal) conservatives nor libertarians are/were fans of this corporate bailout. I will be the first to admit that our Govt. is meant to prop up and help the rich. The solution to that, however, is *not* more Government - that will only make things worse.

You are a fan of redistribution of a little wealth. For that, you look to the Government.

Such is human nature that large Governments always end up helping the rich and cronies in the name of the poor and in the name of economy.

 

about 4 months ago
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JPMorgan Files Patent Application On 'Bitcoin Killer'

deego In 2013, (292 comments)

In 2013, the brilliant scientists and upstanding MBAs and executives at JP Morgan Chase invented an awesome cryptocurrency and transfer mechanism, and duly filed a patent on it.

FOSS advocates copied the system near-verbatim, went back 4 years in time, and launched it is one open sourced "bitcoin." The nerve!

about 4 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

deego In other news, (841 comments)

In other news...

The morale of the poor, poor employees of CA gangs is suffering of late, in the wake of disclosures of their illegal activities. Awww.. The President hasn't really uttered any words of support of them, (and in fact, some of the poor employees even saw jail time!)

about 4 months ago
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How a Bitcoin Transaction Actually Works

deego Re:On the Early player advantage (174 comments)

>> Yes, but I'm shocked at how no one is talking about the amount >> of electricity being wasted to generate digital coins. I thought we were trying to be all green now, yet the very idea of bitcoin and the idea that we'll be running mining for the next 2 decades runs very counter to that idea

Oh, people /have/ talked about that since day one, and this objection has been pretty thoroughly debunked...

It is probably still far cheaper than the old-fashioned way of doing things. IOW, I think bitcoin is far greener than the alternatives..

To see why, imagine the cost of supporting the salaries cashiers, CEOs, of the paperwork and trees involved in supporting their ledgers, etc.

If the above don't convince you: I guess another way to see which route costs more is transaction fees. Try sending an international or even domestic wire, heck, even a check via UPS (even USPS if you want, though that's state-subsidized), and compare the fees you pay to for equivalent bitcoin transactions.

about 4 months ago
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How a Bitcoin Transaction Actually Works

deego On the Early player advantage (174 comments)

First, the money transmission protocol should be distinguished from the mechanism for the initial distribution.

Once you have this awesome protocol for money transmission, the next question is: how to get bitcoins in wide and equitable circulation in the first place?

If you think about how to distribute the initial bitcoins (somewhat) equitably, the only non-exploitable and automatic method you can realistically come up with - that involves no central authority - is precisely the one bitcoin uses: Hand out the bitcoins slowly over the next 21 years, via an automatic lottery, and in proportion to computing power. (Anything else, such as: in proportion to the number of nodes, etc. gets easily exploited.)

about 4 months ago
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Bitcoin Donations To US Campaigns Might Soon Be Allowed

deego Re:Limits and rally... (144 comments)

Thanks for those links.

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Donations To US Campaigns Might Soon Be Allowed

deego Limits and rally... (144 comments)

"Because the value of the currency floats, campaigns will have to be careful not to accept donations above federal campaign contribution limits."

LOLOL. At the present rate of the amazing bitcoin rally in action ($100 rise in less than 2 days!), that seems like quite an INTERESTING problem to solve.

What if it's over the limits? Can they return the excess?

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Protocol Vulnerability Could Lead To a Collapse

deego Re:As someone else said there.. (256 comments)

>> Oh, the bitcoin community is perfectly OK with misconceptions (bitcoin is anonymous, you need to control 50% of the mining pool to cheat) as long as they prop up the price.

Curious why you feel that way. citations? or anecdotes? :)

about 6 months ago
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Bitcoin Protocol Vulnerability Could Lead To a Collapse

deego As someone else said there.. (256 comments)

.. Way for researchers to present what's always been well known as their own discovery..

Every *academic* research article I have seen so far on bitcoin has been dishonest. I understand that "if it's not published," it's not research for them. But, would it hurt them to mention in the passing: "BTW, this mindblowing fact we have uncovered: The entire bitcoin community knows it, starting with the founder himself... And, that the bitcoin community had somehow magically peaked into the future to see what we had discovered, and were taking actively countermeasures against millienia bitcoin-years (== 1 calendar year) ago...

Remember when a year ago two academics proudly announced their "discovery" with much fanfare: "Bitcoin transactions, unlike what bitcoiners believe, are not anonymous." Of course, the developers and bitcoiners have repeatedly warned of that. Their presentation video is sickening. Not once did they see it fit to mention /that./ The very point of bitcoin is that it is a *very public* ledger.

I have seen that in other fields.. If it is not published, it is free game for you to lift when creating your academic article. As if lifting is not bad enough, you don't bother to mention in the passing: "btw, So and so community has believed for a long time, following precisely this reasoning and data ... "

about 6 months ago
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Why Amazon Fights State Sales Tax, But Supports It Nationally

deego Re:1% (165 comments)

>> In the worst states the poor pay 7% of their income in sales/excise taxes vs 4.6% for middle incomes and 0.9% for the wealthiest.

Exactly. All complex regulation is made in the name of "helping the poor" but ends up achieving precisely the opposite.

about 6 months ago
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Airgap-Jumping Malware May Use Ultrasonic Networking To Communicate

deego Replicates fast... (265 comments)

.. even duped the /. post already!

about 6 months ago

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