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No Such Thing As a Tax-Free Lunch At Google?

emeraldd Since when was Google Tax Supported? (631 comments)

WTF?!?

"And I have to pay taxes to support free meals for those Google employees."

I don't think this guy knows what he's talking about ....

about a year and a half ago
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Inside Obama's Twitter Blitz On the Payroll Tax

emeraldd Re:*yawn* (294 comments)

It might be worth noting that for some businesses, partnerships, sole proprietorships and, some LLCs, personal income taxes of the owners include the business profits. While I'm not sure on the millionaire surtax specifically, anything that could significantly impact a business owners personal tax rate could significantly impact the businesses cash flow. I can definitely see some one making decisions based on that.

more than 2 years ago
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I'm Too Old To Learn New Programming Languages?

emeraldd Re:You're too young... (18 comments)

A technology is a technology. If you have trouble with a given technology, find an abstraction or set of boiler plate that works for you. You don't have to be a great designer to muddle your way through the back end of a web app and you don't have to be that good at back end work to do design. So long as you can find the right reference or person to ask for help/questions when you need it, just work through one part of the puzzle at a time. It all comes down to tell that pedantic box in a rack somewhere exactly what to do and how many times ;)

more than 3 years ago
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Any advice on teaching Linux to CS freshmen?

emeraldd Make them use it . . . . (5 comments)

Personally, I've found immersion works best when I'm trying to pick something up myself. I'd probably start with a bare machine and something much lower level than ubuntu (maybe a gentoo install?) and work their way up. Of course, that's easier said than done :)

more than 3 years ago
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MS "Malicious Software Removal" tools

emeraldd MSR is not an antivirus (3 comments)

When running a windows box, you either have to keep it off the net completely and hope for the best or run a real antivirus. That MSR tool is pretty much a waste of time. Forefront, AVG, or Comodo are a few I've seen used reasonably well. I can't really speak to their effectiveness though.

more than 4 years ago
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Mandatory antivirus for all PCs going online?

emeraldd A rather naive view of things (1 comments)

This is a completely unachievable goal with very little hope of actually stopping anything but casual attacks. The only thing it would accomplish would be to close the door to alternative systems but require anti-virus software where none exists. Not to mention, what is the cut off point? Any device that can execute code is potentially susceptible to virus like attacks. Do you require antivirus software on soho routers as well?

more than 4 years ago
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Has Any Creative Work Failed Because of Piracy?

emeraldd Re:Creation of works in the first place (1115 comments)

That business failed because both kinds of work dried up. There was a lot of cost pressure on commercials so that side did poorly. The low budget film work endid because of piracy.

People are giving that business up because they can't even make their production costs back. The work ends up on the internet, they can't get theatrical release, and they can't sell legitimate copies, either as physical media or downloads.

I would have to say your original analysis makes much sense. It sounds more like larger players are closing the doors for small time production.

more than 4 years ago
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What to do with email/password list?

emeraldd Re:I suggest (3 comments)

Just make sure to not do this from a traceable location. The rule, "No good dead goes unpunished" comes to mind here. If the list is diverse enough, you are likely to come across someone who thinks you are lying about how you came across it and attempt to pursue as a possible suspect.

more than 4 years ago
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LINE: LINE Is Not an Emulator

emeraldd Have you looked at CYGWIN? (2 comments)

I think it might be close to what you're looking for.

more than 4 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: ISP Throttling?

emeraldd Re:You're on a party line (7 comments)

This is more than likely your issue. I've had similar experiences with a Comcast based cable service. Check to see if DSL is in your area, it shouldn't suffer from this issue though the total through put may be lower.

more than 4 years ago
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Programming language Extinction

emeraldd Purely Anecdotal (1 comments)

I think you are asking the wrong question here. There are others who have implemented C# along with portions of the .NET platform so you could classify C# as 'open'. It is important to note that the language and platform primarily belong to Microsoft. A decision at Microsoft has a great deal of impact to the life of C# and there is very little that can change. C/C++ have a wide following and any number of implementations. That's the big difference. The less dependent on one entity the language is, not code written in it but the language itself, the more likely you are to see it still being developed in 10 to 20 years. On the other hand, C/C++ requires a very fastidious developer to keep your code safe and functional. So, it's a trade off.

more than 4 years ago
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How do you keep your source from leaking?

emeraldd Are you a in government contracting? (3 comments)

Truthfully, I'm not sure I would expect to get code worth stealing in an environment like that. I would also expect to have a somewhat high turnover rate if you find any programmers who are reasonably decent at what they do. More important than preventing leaks, how do you deal with version control? How about backing up all that valuable code? What do you do when you need to update the development machines operating system or development tools? If you do not trust the people working for you enough to not steal your code, you probably need to get new people.

more than 4 years ago
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Converting old code

emeraldd Why get rid of C? (1 comments)

The COBOL could be replaced with a different extension language but why replace C? GCC or CLANG works reasonably well enough if you head over to Linux. Keeping the code which deals with low level things segregated for your business logic should allow for the low level code to be changed out for another OS. (Of course, not quite transparently . . .)

more than 4 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workplace Main-In-The-Middling SSL

emeraldd Re:Let me get this right (7 comments)

Of course, if they are resigning every website, there is no way to really tell if the original signature was valid or not. This approach could open the employers network up to a whole host of other issues and make things far worse than not doing it. Of course, they probably don't care about that anyhow.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox on Linux cut off from Google?

emeraldd Works fine here (3 comments)

Gentoo amd64 running a 3.6 recent build. You might try downloading a version rather than installing the one in your repository and see if that works.

more than 4 years ago
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How much geek cred do ./s really have?

emeraldd GNU's not UNIX (1 comments)

That's the only one that gave me trouble, I spelled it out rather than using the '

more than 4 years ago
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mySQL Community being quietly buried?

emeraldd mysql.org (1 comments)

It would appear what you want is there.

more than 4 years ago

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Massachusetts data security law, 201 CMR 17.00

emeraldd emeraldd writes  |  more than 4 years ago

emeraldd (1609773) writes "This is a rather scary law, I'd have to say it is practically un-enforcable: "Here are the basics of the new law. If you have personally identifiable information (PII) about a Massachusetts resident, such as a first and last name, then you have to encrypt that data on the wire and as it’s persisted. Sending PII over HTTP instead of HTTPS? That’s a big no no. Storing the name of a customer in SQL Server without the data being encrypted? No way, Jose. You’ll get a fine of $5,000 per breach or lost record. If you have a database that contains 1,000 names of Massachusetts residents and lose it without the data being encrypted that’s $5,000,000. Yikes.""
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Climategate: the scandal spreads, the plot thicken

emeraldd emeraldd writes  |  about 5 years ago

emeraldd (1609773) writes "And another shoe drops:
"Straight away you can see there’s no slope—either up or down. The temperatures are remarkably constant way back to the 1850s. Of course, the temperature still varies from year to year, but the trend stays level—statistically insignificant at 0.06C per century since 1850.

Putting these two graphs side by side, you can see huge differences. What is going on?

Why does NIWA’s graph show strong warming, but graphing their own raw data looks completely different? Their graph shows warming, but the actual temperature readings show none whatsoever!""

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IMMDb Turns 19

emeraldd emeraldd writes  |  more than 5 years ago

emeraldd (1609773) writes "I'd say this is a birthday worth remembering:
"If you load up the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) today, you'll see a new logo commemorating its 19th birthday. Yes, that's really old for the Internet. Google, by comparison, is 11. Meanwhile, Yahoo is 14. IMDb is so old in fact, that is pre-dates the first web browsers.""

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