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Microsoft To Get $100M Annual Tax Cut and Amnesty

exi1ed0ne Re:Free market? Democracy? (406 comments)

What? Sorry, I was too busy watching Jack Bauer kick the crap out of terrorists on TV.

Ooooh, IDeals. Is Apple going into the coupon business?

more than 4 years ago
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Appeals Court Rules On Internet Obscenity Standards

exi1ed0ne Re:So Iran's standards then? (697 comments)

I helped one of the Amish pull electronic reports off his laptop. They guy used Quickbooks for all his finances, and would print out invoices from his truck for customers of his building business. Amish != Luddite. It is often quite surprising how much they know about current technology and events. A more accurate description is that they are selective and deliberate about what they adopt into their lifestyle, rather than soak up whatever bits of pop culture are put in front of them.

more than 4 years ago
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What Are the Best Valentine's Day Stunts?

exi1ed0ne Re:Keep it simple (470 comments)

Yeah, but then she'll just demand another one.

more than 4 years ago
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Forrester Says Tech Downturn Is "Unofficially Over"

exi1ed0ne Re:Recovery? (130 comments)

In short, don't automatically assume real estate is the safe place to be in an inflationary environment, because it may not be unless one buys in an area with low property taxes and is relatively certain they won't increase much nor get hit with special assessments.

Not to mention you also sacrifice flexibility. If the job market tanks bad in your location it is FAR more difficult to up-root yourself to another area where the suck isn't so bad. If you think it is tough finding a job in a dying community, try selling a house in one! The job market is always asymmetrical in it's ups and downs - some areas will fail first, and others will recover first.

more than 4 years ago
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Futuristic Sex Robots Now Just "Sex Robots"

exi1ed0ne Re:holy shit (602 comments)

The problem people will be those that feel they have some sort of divine (or otherwise) responsibility to shame and/or punish pedophiles just for being pedophiles, even when no child is or would have been harmed.

I've always thought it is mostly venting frustrations at an unfulfilled desire for the deviant behavior. These repressed wants drive the need to punish any who would actually experience the object or action secretly desired. It's over-compensation and the guilty need to punish themselves by proxy - the more guilt, the more rabid foam.

more than 4 years ago
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Angry AT&T Customers May Disrupt Service

exi1ed0ne Re:Angry AT&T Customers May Disrupt Service (572 comments)

Since the cellphones all connect to local towers and infrastructure, AT&T should actually see a rolling traffic spike as each tower and (possibly) it's back-haul connections are overwhelmed. I'm no wireless engineer, but I'd suspect the current congestion issues are mostly tower resource related.

more than 4 years ago
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The Fresca Rebellion

exi1ed0ne Re:taxes (776 comments)

And that's where cost taxes come in.

I'd be inclined to agree with you, but unfortunately those taxes very rarely, if ever, go towards covering the costs society bears for that activity. Take smoking taxes. Here in Wisconsin there is a $1 per pack extra tax on the stuff. If your theory held true, that extra money the state collects on behalf of society should go to fund hospitals and prevention programs. Instead it is a bait and switch - tax something unpopular to make an attempt to close a very large budget hole. That is the real reason for all these new exotic taxing schemes, and the politicos know which buttons to hit to bring the useful idiots out in droves to support it.

about 5 years ago
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(Near) Constant Internet While RV'ing?

exi1ed0ne Re:3G to WiFi bridge and balloon (438 comments)

I live out in the sticks where Internet is either satellite or dial-up, and actually priced out a balloon to get line of site for the local wireless provider since neither choice was appealing. I looked at advertising balloons, as they were generally large enough to hoist a payload and a bit more durable. For the balloon, cable tether, anchor, a supply of helium, solar panels, strobe (for aircraft), battery, etc. was something like $1500 at the time. It was a bit more for the UFO shaped one to fsck with the neighbors. ;-)

more than 5 years ago
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Cellphones Increasingly Used As Evidence In Court

exi1ed0ne Storage is the thing (232 comments)

The part you are forgetting is that once the information is collected you have no way of knowing how long it is kept. Once you become a person of interest (suspect, political target, etc), they will be looking at historical information to see where you have been, tie it to the transaction at the bank, surveillance cams in Walmart and McD's, etc. You don't really need to have someone under full time surveillance - all the pieces are already there recorded and stored.

more than 5 years ago
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I prefer to work ...

exi1ed0ne Re:Windows! (392 comments)

it's really jarring to go in and then suddenly come out and find we're in the middle of a huge storm or something without even knowing about it.

Too true. I'm was in a temp office without windows due to a remodel. One day it snowed 16 inches from no snow cover while I was inside. I put in a webcam in an out of the way window the next day.

more than 5 years ago
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My favorite simple machine is ...

exi1ed0ne Re:The screw. (490 comments)

Makes you wonder how many voted for screw, but only got a wedg-e

more than 5 years ago
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Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

exi1ed0ne Re:Why go at all? (1137 comments)

That would be the monkeysphere at work. Did they do anything to raise their "value" in the eyes of the decision makers above cardboard cutout?

A job is about more than pure output. There are many ways to have face time, and not all of them require face-to-face time.

more than 5 years ago
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Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

exi1ed0ne Re:Why go at all? (1137 comments)

Exactly! Being forced to be at a specific location for a set period of time has substituted for performance and quality metrics. They can be done, but are very hard to quantify. That and a lot of managers are just as lazy as their reports are.

more than 5 years ago
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Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

exi1ed0ne Why go at all? (1137 comments)

With the technology we have today, there is zero reason to move your biomass to another place unless you have to actually touch something. The whole concept of "going to work" is silly, and a hold over from a bygone era. People seriously need to get behind teleworking with enthusiasm. Can't get much greener/cheaper than that!

more than 5 years ago
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News Corp Will Charge For Newspaper Websites

exi1ed0ne Re:Accurate information (453 comments)

You may think they don't do enough or as much as they used to, but it still exists and is still important.

That is why I said managed, rather than non-existent. Stories have been delayed and modified quite often at the request of government. It's not so much that the information gets out, since it is hard to truly stop disclosure. NSA wiretapping - Delayed at the request of government, Yellowcake/Joseph Wilson incident - war buildup/political revenge, too many examples of news and govt getting into bed to list. The US news is very much a managed resource, since information is power. Heck, it would be completely stupid of them to ignore such a powerful tool.

Then there is the fact that you almost never see anything that would remotely indicate a change from the current Oligarchy. 2004 arrest of two presidential candidates, investigative work by GATA (although that is gaining traction), Ron Paul's approval numbers higher than a lot of "front runner" R candidates but almost zero media coverage, etc.

A lot of it could be explained away as individual incidents, but taken as a whole it points to a troubling reality.

more than 5 years ago
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News Corp Will Charge For Newspaper Websites

exi1ed0ne Accurate information (453 comments)

we must continue to have newspapers in our society. Newspapers are the bulk of the 4th branch of government

What we need is accurate and timely information in our society, not newspapers. I will agree that newspapers are the 4th branch off gov.t, seeing as they are mostly owned by a few huge corporations with a political agenda. More than just general bias, since that has been prevalent since newspapers began. Their real purpose nowadays is managing opinions and information so that the status quo is the only option presented, not research. That died in the 70s with Watergate, rather than any monopoly benefits being curtailed.

Let them die - technology has moved on and so should they.

more than 5 years ago
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First Look At Windows 7 On an Entry-Level Netbook

exi1ed0ne Re:Excellent (435 comments)

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Excellent! The top speed of Windows 7 is 7.9 rather than 5.9. That a 34% increase.

Call me when it can go to 11.

more than 5 years ago
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Linux Flourishes In 200-Year-Old Gold Markets

exi1ed0ne Re:Anyone else hoarding gold? (195 comments)

They are manipulating it - there are plenty documents available where they come right out and state it for the public record. Don't take my word though, as these folks have compiled a huge body of evidence:

http://www.gata.org/

more than 5 years ago

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