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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

fuzznutz Re:Polution tax (156 comments)

ahem ahem .... next time you go to walmart, the cheapest microwave oven is going to be $800 ... ahem ahem, next time you go to buy a light bulb, the cheapest is going to be 3 for $25 ... ahem ahem .... next time you buy an iphone, it is going to be $0 which comes with 15 years contract ... ahem ahem ... just saying.

And since the prices go up and replacement is not something you want to have to do very often. Maybe we stop buying based upon what is cheapest and stop getting something that cannot be repaired and is essentially disposable after one use, and we start buying on quality and repairability. Everything is designed for the landfill these days. it didn't use to be that way before we started importing "cheap" junk.

4 days ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

fuzznutz Re:Refunds indicate bad tax planning (630 comments)

A large refund is a sign of poor tax planning.

Or a recognition that if the money goes in the bank your spouse will expand your expenses to match the income. The interest on the refund isn't nearly as much as I save by not letting my wife spend it for a year. It gives us a chance to buy something nice once in a while.

Amen brother. Or the alternative is she occasionally works part time for part of the year and claims the maximum exemptions, so she can max out her paycheck. My withholdings have to cover the both of us no matter the circumstances. I got burned on that one year too. Amazingly, at tax time the hand comes out expecting her "half" of the refund despite the fact she paid none or almost no taxes. And if I want to bank it to cover emergencies, the waterworks begin because she had busied herself planning how to spend her "half" months ago.

Damn I am so glad she is someone else's problem now. She and her new boyfriend are on the edge of bankruptcy and he had plenty of money when they met.

5 days ago

Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

fuzznutz Bad Analogy (641 comments)

My ancestors used an outhouse from what I understand. It worked fine. Why should they upgrade? If they still used it today they would be the equivalent of people who use XP in 2014.

Bad analogy. Windows 8 is the equivalent of the basement of an outhouse. At least XP is on the first floor.

about two weeks ago

Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

fuzznutz Re:Yikes (342 comments)

A week?! A month?!! How do you propose to compensate me and others for the loss of value and liquidity created by your arbitrary market rules and centrally controlled economy? Will you or the government either put up part of the purchase price to compensate for your partial control, or allow me to write off losses caused by the proposed rules? What's wrong with me immediately changing my mind after a trade?

How about instead a Ultra-Short Capital Gains tax rate at 100%. Trade as fast as you want but unless you hold it for a week or month, you pay out all your profits. You're as liquid as you need to be. You don't have to ban it, just de-incentivise it.

about two weeks ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

fuzznutz Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

I don't see how acceptance of homosexuals would make you not able to be a leader

But that's not really the point is it? The question is whether the reverse is true. I suggest that there has been no proof that his personal belief taints his ability to be a good leader. The burden is on groups calling for his resignation or dismissal. In fact, he was already an employee and there was insufficient evidence to prevent his promotion. Calling for his ouster is simply a witch hunt.

The difference between accepting homosexuals and not accepting them is that one is is good and one is bad. I don't see them as two sides of the same coin. To me this is like the difference between firing someone for being racist and firing someone for not being racist.

Or firing someone for being Jewish or not. In all three cases, it has only to do with their personal held belief system. The only difference is that one will get you a lawsuit and the others will not. See my previous post about protected class and recognize the arbitrary definition thereof.

about three weeks ago

NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

fuzznutz Re:Not surprising (274 comments)

I see you got your wish granted.

about three weeks ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

fuzznutz Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

What he doesn't (or shouldn't) have a right to, is his job [...]

How very enlightened of you. Agree with me or get fired (or not hired).

about three weeks ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

fuzznutz Re:Wait... wha? (1482 comments)

There is no reason to treat gays differently. Anything heterosexual couples are able to legally do, homosexuals should be able to do the same. There is no such equal protection at this point, even if you claim otherwise.

Why am I reminded of the following??

LORETTA: It's every man's right to have babies if he wants them.
REG: But... you can't have babies.
LORETTA: Don't you oppress me.
REG: I'm not oppressing you, Stan. You haven't got a womb! Where's the foetus going to gestate?! You going to keep it in a box?!
LORETTA: crying
JUDITH: Here! I-- I've got an idea. Suppose you agree that he can't actually have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody's fault, not even the Romans', but that he can have the right to have babies.
FRANCIS: Good idea, Judith. We shall fight the oppressors for your right to have babies, brother. Sister. Sorry.

about three weeks ago

An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

fuzznutz Re:System failures versus personal ones (357 comments)

In this instance we had literally millions of these switches sold, most of which performed exactly as expected. [...] Given the information available it is entirely feasible that GM and its employees were showing a good faith effort to exercise their duty of care.

Bullshit. As a Saturn Ion owner, I can verify that even though all of these switches may not have failed spectacularly, they have NOT functioned as expected and were know to be faulty. I have already replaced my own switch TWICE at my own expense. Spend a few minutes and surf the Ion web forums and you will see that bad switches are a know problem and have been for a very long time. GM denied there was a problem even when they were still under warranty (for Ions at least).

How many ignition switches have you ever had to replace on a vehicle? Counting the TWO I replaced on my Ion, I have replaced exactly two!

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

fuzznutz Say what? (423 comments)

I'm not even sure what your "salient" point is. We have a $250,000 research NMR with a computer controlling it running XP. The upgrade to use Windows 7 requires a $50,000 investment in new hardware. We don't have that kind of money just hiding in the cracks of the sofa. That NMR doesn't stop running just because Microsoft is tired of playing with XP.

I have one researcher still using Windows 95 on a semiconductor test instrument. That's not getting upgraded either. The cost to "fix/recover" is much cheaper than upgrading. We keep spare drives and drive images and all data is copied off the machine. My biggest concern is replacing a bad motherboard and finding drivers that run the older OS.

Simply slapping a new fresh install of Win8.1 on a research instrument controller is not always an easy or cheap thing to do. Not everybody is just using their computer to surf the web and check email.

about three weeks ago

Jimmy Carter: Snowden Disclosures Are 'Good For Americans To Know'

fuzznutz I've always said... (289 comments)

Jimmy Carter is the best ex-president we've ever had.

about a month ago

White House To Propose Ending NSA Phone Records Collection

fuzznutz Re:Why the focus on some archaic communication too (208 comments)

Amen Brother! My son (and others) will waste my time and distract my attention by texting constantly when a single 30 second phone call will do. When my son begins his text barrage, I try to intervene and make a voice call, but he will never answer. I just do not get it. And I can text with the best of them. I am as fast on the Google/swype keyboard as I am on a real one.

about a month ago

Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

fuzznutz Re: Redefine hunting. (397 comments)

Now I'm curious how you can justify the ethics of bow hunting just for mere target practice in case civilisation somehow comes to an end.

I made no such assertion and I am therefore not in a position nor ethically required to justify anything. You, however, did make an assertion that humans who hunted with flint were concerned with the suffering of their prey. I merely asked for proof. Besides some nebulous hand waving regarding paleolithic art and ancient Jewish ritualistic sacrifice, you've offered no proof citation, as I expected. You have offered nothing to provide any proof that suffering avoidance was at any point involved or sought after in any method of flint arrow or flint spear hunting.

about a month ago

Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

fuzznutz Re: Redefine hunting. (397 comments)

Even back when people were hunting with bits of flint on the end of sticks they cared about reducing the suffering of what they killed [...]


about a month ago

Why Are There More Old Songs On iTunes Than Old eBooks?

fuzznutz Re:Supply and demand ... that's all it is (77 comments)

If you add to that other issues of convenience, I think you'll have your reasons why e-books haven't yet taken off. To read a book, you spend about three seconds in picking it up off the shelf and opening it. To read an e-book, you grab your tablet/computer/whatever, power it up, find your application for reading the book, and swipe through the screens until you reach the right spot.

No me. I just pick up my Kindle and open the case. The cover magnet causes the Kindle to turn on to the last page I read. If I want a different book, I press the top of the screen and push the home button and I have a list of books. Whichever book I select opens to the last page I read on the book I select. Simple...

about a month ago

Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?

fuzznutz Re:Develop apps on the device (125 comments)

In my experience, the typing experience on a Lumia 520 is a lot smoother than that on either an Android [...]

You need to try swype. You'll never peck out anything on an on-screen keyboard again. It's truly incredible. It's the killer app on Android. I cringe whenever I have to peck out anything on an iPhone or iPod touch now. Never used WP.

about a month ago

Senator Accuses CIA of Snooping On Intelligence Committee Computers

fuzznutz Schadenfreude (242 comments)

Excuse me for a moment while I savor this moment.

about a month ago

Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

fuzznutz Re:How did this go to trial? (236 comments)

Federal. Aviation. Admistration.

Yes, they absolutely need to be involved. It's specifically and exactly the sort of thing the FAA was created for and falls exactly within the FFA's jurisdiction.

No. No they don't. As GP stated there are plenty of reckless endangerment and negligence laws or are you suggesting the Department of Transportation should get involved every time a tractor trailer cuts me off in traffic?

Perhaps you also think paper airplanes should be heavily regulated too. You could lose an eye, you know.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

fuzznutz Re:Win 7 (860 comments)

It's the equivalent of saying X model of car is absolutely horrible because you don't like the layout of the dash.

Except it's not just the layout of the dash. It's more like you have a flat tire and discover the spare tire isn't in the trunk anymore, it's under the back seat. And when the starter goes out, you still have to start the engine just so you can open the hood. And when you do start the car the dash gauges come up in Japanese but, hey, you can press a button to make them go back to English. Only when you adjust the clock, you still have to use the Japanese dash mode. But it gets better mileage than the non-fsked up version so It's Better!!!!

about a month and a half ago

Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

fuzznutz Re:Slightly biased... (487 comments)

I have had 2 iPod touches and an iPhone. My sons have iPod touches. There is no email app available under Android that is anywhere as nice to use as the stock iOS app. Not even close. Where are the multi-threaded, Exchange ready apps that don't suck your battery dead in 4 hours? However, after using Swype/Google keyboard, I would never go back to Apple. And it's nice to have an app that shows WiFi signal strength in a meaningful manner. And I appreciate a GPS app that actually gives real GPS information.

about a month and a half ago


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