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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

gfxguy Re:The good news (687 comments)

So if I just make my own money with an image I made that happens to be identical to the real one, that's not counterfeiting?

2 days ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

gfxguy Re:and the cities are... (173 comments)

But that's not the point... I don't live anywhere near where I went to school. Most people I know don't. But it's the area with the school losing potential tax revenue. Not that I really care.

3 days ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

gfxguy Re:'Bout time (173 comments)

Well... while I'm not one for hate and vitriol like most of the politically oriented people out there (it seems), I sit back and watch and: 1) I agree with the other response that neither of the two major parties actually represent a majority of anybody but politicians and businesses, and 2) I thought the tea party was an interesting idea until they became right wing on steroids. I thought they were interesting until they started campaigning against abortion, and inviting people like Sarah Pailin to speak at events. Again... I don't run out and start hating on either abortion or anti-abortion activists, I know they both have their opinions and beliefs, but I think it should largely stay out of politics at this point, and it's not going to change any time soon - both parties use it to rile up their bases, though.

So no hate against the Tea Party, but they are hardly a big difference between them and republicans - more like republicans demanding what the party SAYS they represent as opposed to how republican candidates actually act when they get into office. The GOP just needs some house cleaning, IMO.

People SAY they want freedom and liberty, but neither major party offers it. There's really only one out there that does (besides complete anarchists), and everybody thinks they're "crazy" because they want freedom and liberty, which, OMG, requires people to take back some responsibility for themselves.

3 days ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

gfxguy Re:and the cities are... (173 comments)

Yeah, because students spend as much as, for example, middle income families.

3 days ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

gfxguy Re: So... (248 comments)

I disagree that you need to study this, which is what I've said - we want equal opportunity. We don't have it, but the opportunity is a lot more equal than 70%. What people are seemingly demanding is equal outcome. It's not a "problem" that needs to be corrected that women tend to choose certain jobs and men choose others - there is still significant overlap and we are continuously evolving as a society already. Not everything needs to be scrutinized to every tiny detail. If you're going to focus on something, focus on why women get paid less for like professions with like education and like experience - that's the ONLY "problem" in all of this. Even then, with more women entering college than men, and the gradually changing mores of society, I think it's a gradually self correcting problem.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

gfxguy Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

The problem I have is that, right now, our economy is largely based on debt. That's not a good position to be in, and the recent (and ongoing) crash had a lot to do with people taking on more debt than they could deal with. I wouldn't mind a consumption based economy if people weren't going into debt to do it, and an economy rebuilt that way would be a lot stronger and less subject to crashes. The FairTax does encourage saving - I don't see that as a bad thing. There might be some short term economic problems, but we would emerge a lot stronger in the long run. Too many people are focussed on the short term. I also realize that it seems like the middle class would be the hardest hit, but like you said, they already are, and look at it this way - no more complaints about things like rich people making their money off of capital gains not paying their "Fair Share." No more under-the-table employment.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

gfxguy Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

You're right... they've made the FairTax worse, now. I didn't see the latest submission to congress.... but complaint about the strawman stands, because it was prior to 2013 when I was hearing that nonsense about it. Still, I would suggest that, mortgage interest rates being what they are, they would not be subjected to tax - only the fees involved with the lender would be subject.

Lastly, the problem with your question is that it puts the FairTax in a poor position compared to other suggested (and the existing) forms of taxation, because it was designed to be revenue neutral. Now you're demanding something that the current system doesn't even provide, and then complaining about it. It seems like a way off base reason to campaign against it.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

gfxguy Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

Poor people are better off even if retail prices don't drop (as proponents of the FairTax purport). The math is quite simple... a "prebate" on taxes up to the poverty level (even if you don't make that much money) and NO social security or medicare. People claim it'll hurt the middle class the most, which may be - but the middle class is already the hardest hit, and for those with debt or want to save, the FairTax is the best option available.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

gfxguy Re: Let me get this right (838 comments)

I see... still no valid complaint against the FairTax, then.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

gfxguy Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

The Fair tax as been torn apart many times. In fact, I'm surprised to see it mentioned again on /. IN short, the Fair Tax would destroy the middle class with any practical implementation.

Only by those who create FairTax strawmen so that they can tear them down (like no tax exemption for mortgage interest). I don't think I've ever seen any valid complaints against the FairTax, so if you think it's been torn apart, then point me to an article tearing it apart that doesn't make lies and/or incorrect assumptions about it. The only people who actually understand the FairTax that still complain about seem to be the type who advocate taxation as a means of control rather than a means of revenue. Ultimately, while admittedly poorly named, and not without flaws, I've never seen a better suggestion.

about a week ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

gfxguy If I were president... (111 comments)

If I were president, $#% like that wouldn't happen... I'd leave it all completely open - the thought of filtering news and coercing journalists is repulsive to me... But then that's one of the million reasons I'm not president and have never felt like there was a good candidate to vote for.

about a week ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

gfxguy Re:Walmart is used to this (232 comments)

No, it just causes them to congregate in one place. I guess that's a good thing for people like me who stay away.

about a week ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

gfxguy Re: So... (248 comments)

But it's simply not $0.70 on the dollar when comparing apples to apples. You cannot complain about wage discrepancies between different professions - it's simply asinine. And why do I "need" to "invite more women in?" If I have jobs, they are welcome to apply... I don't understand why you believe employers "need" to incentivise women... It just seems too many people are after equal outcomes when what we need is equal opportunity - and to a large extent, we are very close to that.

about a week ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

gfxguy Re:Walmart is used to this (232 comments)

There are differences, of course, but they balance out, I think. First, Comcast needs infrastructure across the whole city in order to deliver it's services, and I think that gives the city even more right to decide wether or not to let them do it. They'd be using city owed property and be given rights of way in order to do their business, whereas Walmart only takes a piece of land - generally already zoned for commercial area - and builds where a commercial enterprise was already desired by the city.

So... on the outside, it seems like Walmart would have a better case for suing. At the same time, the destruction in the wake of the Walmart tornados are terrible... we had a new one open near me and within six months it looked like a dump that had been there for 30 years, not to mention all the nearby stores that were bought out and destroyed to make it possible. Largely, though, it's the clientele. Just look at the "People of Walmart" websites... the store parking lot was trashed, oil stained, garbage all over the place... the shopping carts looked like they were 10 years past their prime when they were only six months old. In six months it went from brand new, including new parking lot and everything, to being a horrible eye-sore.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

gfxguy Re:So... (248 comments)

It's been happening as the whole perception of a woman's role in life, in general, has adapted to modern times. More women entering the work force, more women getting higher educations in fields that pay more - life in general. I'd wager it actually has little to do with anything other than an evolution of beliefs as the older generations retire and the younger (and generally more open minded) people start taking over. In fact, in a fairly direct manner, I'd suggest that income taxes were the biggest catalyst, as now the lesser wage earner in families is often only covering the tax burden of the primary wage earner.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

gfxguy Re:Because studies show ... (248 comments)

Wait.... I'm not arguing paternity leave isn't good, but who gets cheated when you opt to have a child and get paid by your employer for nothing? So an employer gives an extra paid week off, and you call him "cheated?" The culture of entitlement at it's best.

It is part of the labor contract.

Is it? If you negotiated that with your employer, it's one thing; if it's a government mandate that people be paid for not working, then the idea that the employee is being "cheated" for only getting a week off is absolute bullshit. I'm not arguing employers shouldn't offer it, I'm arguing against the entitlement mentality.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

gfxguy Re:So... (248 comments)

Yes... a difference of over 20% is very misleading. I never argued there still wasn't a discrepancy - in fact, I said it right there in post. The 70 cents on the dollar meme IS bullshit.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

gfxguy Re: So... (248 comments)

Actually, the only time I ever asked, the woman was making more than me... with the same education and less experience. And yes, it bothered me. And no, the statistics do NOT bear your personal experience for like professions with like education and like experience. Read the articles that were posted... in some professions women make every bit as much as men, in some it's worse than $0.70 on the dollar... overall, apples to apples, it's in the 90 cent range.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

gfxguy Re:Because studies show ... (248 comments)

Wait.... I'm not arguing paternity leave isn't good, but who gets cheated when you opt to have a child and get paid by your employer for nothing? So an employer gives an extra paid week off, and you call him "cheated?" The culture of entitlement at it's best.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

gfxguy Re:So... (248 comments)

Agreed... people are getting a lot of mileage out of that statistic. When you compare like professions, like education, and like experience, it's in the mid $0.90's range. Still a discrepancy, still something that should be addressed, but a problem that's been correcting itself for decades (with a few exceptional years). It's true that some professions are worse than others, but in some cases women are at 100%.

about two weeks ago

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Radio frequencies help burn salt water

gfxguy gfxguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gfxguy (98788) writes "From the article at Yahoo News:

Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations. The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen, Roy said. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies, he said.
Isn't the oxygen also released? And wouldn't it burn, too? Sounds a bit too cool to be true, but it would be nice to think we don't have to wait for fusion to become viable."

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gfxguy gfxguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gfxguy (98788) writes "I recently took advantage of a program Tivo was offering where they replace an older Tivo with problems with a newer unit for $10.00. They didn't even want the series 1 back, they just sent a refurbished series 2. Now I'm wondering if the old Tivo (defective due to a bad modem, but I have an external one I was using) can be revived with MythTV. Anybody out there try this? Is there a problem with proprietary hardware, or are there other limitations? I'd imagine those old boxes are becoming quite common (and cheap off of Ebay). With a good MythTV setup from scratch costing about three times as much as a Tivo, it seems like it'd be a useful hack."

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