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Paying Through Facebook May Become a Reality

glodime Re:Good Luck Bango! (122 comments)

I have had a "3rd party billing" block on my AT&T account for years.

Is this for your cell phone, a "landline", or both?

How does one go about this and confirm that the block is in place. Is this legally required of phone companies (cell, landline, VOIP, cable phone providers)?

3rd party billing is clearly something that should be required by law to be explicitly opt-in.

about 2 years ago
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Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

glodime Re:The "war" on religion (1218 comments)

You are OK with religious beliefs no longer being a protected class for employees. You are not OK with the government setting minimum requirements for businesses above a certain size or fitting some other categorical description. This has nothing to do with contraception and religious views for you. You just want employer to have "expanded freedoms" with less limitations from the government.

Am I interpreting you correctly? Are there any limitations that should be place on employers in your opinion? Is OSHA, in any way, appropriate?

I don't see why religious organizations or organizations funded by religious organizations or organizations managed or owned by religious people should have an exception to following a broad mandate for minimum coverage of health care plans for organizations required to offer or voluntarily offer such plans to employees. You now seem to be arguing that the minimum coverage should not be mandated at all for any employer and no employer should be required to offer health care plans to employees (with the exception of governments as employers). This is not the argument that you were making earlier.

about 2 years ago
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Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

glodime Re:The "war" on religion (1218 comments)

The issue is whether other people can be forced to pay for that contraception.

Not really. If an employer found out that you were planing to use money from the raise you were asking for in order to buy a placard to protect outside of an abortion clinic and denied you the raise solely on that basis as such an act is against the employer's religion, would you have a problem with that? What if the employer fired you on the basis that you spent some of your wages (or is it still the employers wages in your view?) to hold a vigil near on a public piece of land that your employer thought was sacred and should not be stood upon?

This kind of thing is illegal. It is discrimination against a religious belief. Just as denying someone income due to their religious beliefs (nothing wrong with buying condoms) is illegal. Reducing employees' benefits covered in employer subsidized health insurance is a reduction in pay. It's kind of like saying, "I don't think I should pay minimum wage because I know my employee will use it to buy condoms and I'm catholic."

about 2 years ago
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California Wants Genetically Modified Foods To Be Labelled

glodime Re:Be careful what you ask for: (559 comments)

This is the most insightful post on this article. I'm all for consumer information. But not at any cost. This issue needs to be hashed out a bit longer rather than put up to a vote with out much prior public discussion.

about 2 years ago
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Project To Turn Classical Scores Into Copyright-Free Music Completed

glodime Re:It was me! (290 comments)

He is most certainly getting benefit from it - power, money, influence, tax breaks.
he's making money, increasing influence and power

I'll give you the Tax break part, but it seems irrelevant. The tax breaks pale in comparison to the amount he gives away. He's giving away way more than he makes each year and has been doing so since circa 1994. If that is the way he is increasing his influence. I'm OK with that. Why aren't you?

You haven't answered any of the questions I posed. You've continued to assume malice on the Gates' motivations. Yet you have no support for your claims. His actions since 1994 have indicated that he is genuinely interested in helping as much as he can with his philanthropy. Have you even read their audited financial statements that they are not required to share but do anyway?

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT? WHAT ARE YOU? A COMMUNIST? OH MY GOD YOU'RE EBIL! EBIL!!!!!!!

Um. No. Not even close.
If you want to bitch about using foundations as a tax shelter while being minimally compliant for tax purposes look at Ingvar Kamprad and the Stichting INGKA Foundation and the Interogo Foundation

about 2 years ago
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Project To Turn Classical Scores Into Copyright-Free Music Completed

glodime Re:It was me! (290 comments)

But he doesn't own the Foundation or the Trust. The Gates give more to the Foundation and Trust each year than their combined incomes. The Foundation and Trust must spend a minimum of ~$1.5 billion per year on philanthropic work to maintain its status as a charitable foundation (which it continues to maintain). Additionally, it must give another ~$1.5 billion per year on philanthropic work as a condition of Buffet's donation. All of the resources of the Trust and Foundation will be spent within 50 years of the Gates' deaths. Neither Bill Gates nor any of his family draw a salary from the Trust or Foundation.

Further, the foundation has convinced Monsanto to give its IP royalty free to the farmers the Foundation is trying to help.

None of what you claim adds up.

about 2 years ago
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Project To Turn Classical Scores Into Copyright-Free Music Completed

glodime Re:It was me! (290 comments)

Except Gates doesn't benefit, so it doesn't make any sense.

about 2 years ago
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Project To Turn Classical Scores Into Copyright-Free Music Completed

glodime Re:It was me! (290 comments)

This is baseless and shallow.

about 2 years ago
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Project To Turn Classical Scores Into Copyright-Free Music Completed

glodime Re:It was me! (290 comments)

Well, if you are going to make the argument that all acts are selfish, it is hard to single out the Gates for personal self-aggrandizement as a criticism.

You should read what he writes and says in interviews about what his motivations and goals are. Particularly the one where he tries to give Mark Zuckerberg advice on his vast wealth.

  "Frankly speaking, the only reason I see to kill off the foundation after Bill & Melinda die is ..." look further.

about 2 years ago
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Project To Turn Classical Scores Into Copyright-Free Music Completed

glodime Re:It was me! (290 comments)

Again, why is it bad that the foundation makes a return on it's endowment? Why is it bad that Merck sell drugs at a discounted rate? Why is it bad to become dependent on the only company that can help you grow enough crops to survive? (BTW the Gates foundation is getting Monsanto to give farmers royalty free licenses to use their protected technologies, i.e., seeds.)

I guess if you assume lies and bad motivations, anything the Gates do can be viewed as malevolent...

about 2 years ago
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Project To Turn Classical Scores Into Copyright-Free Music Completed

glodime Thank You. (290 comments)

The first time I heard Scheherazade it was by recommendation of guttentag on slashdot.org who provided a link to a recording of it on musopen.org. I didn't know what it was, but it got my attention.

Thank You.

about 2 years ago
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Project To Turn Classical Scores Into Copyright-Free Music Completed

glodime Re:It was me! (290 comments)

This makes no sense. He's giving his money away (the vast majority of it). He's repeatedly said that when he and his wife die, the foundation will give all of it's money away within X years (I think I remember the number being 10 or 20). When he makes more, he just has more to give away. So is this an evil plot to do more good?

about 2 years ago
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JPMorgan Chase Spends $500 Million On a Data Center

glodime Re:How is this necessary? (275 comments)

The bullshit part is that the additional liquidity HFT provides is conditional on there already being sufficient liquidity.

Well, that's true of any other source of liquidity, unless you have someone trading just for the sake of generating liquidity. It works all the same.

Not exactly. Market makers are required to guarantee liquidity in certain exchanges. Also, people buy and sell for other reason than short term trading. The point being that when there is sufficient liquidity for HFT to exist there is very little value left in additional liquidity that HFT can provide. And when it would be very valuable for HFT to provide additional liquidity they provide no additional liquidity at all, sometimes proceeded by amplifying volatility before ceasing thier trading.

about 2 years ago
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JPMorgan Chase Spends $500 Million On a Data Center

glodime Re:Huh. (275 comments)

The case of AIG created all sorts of systematic and regulatory trouble. More questions were raise than answered in the handling of AIG.

about 2 years ago
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JPMorgan Chase Spends $500 Million On a Data Center

glodime Re:Huh. (275 comments)

Thanks. I didn't think that the TARP funds that went to banks were paid off by other government loans. The GM bailout has little to nothing to do with any bank bailouts. So, I don't understand why cpu6502 brought it up.

about 2 years ago
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JPMorgan Chase Spends $500 Million On a Data Center

glodime Re:Oh, shut up, but Remember (275 comments)

The "Community Reinvestment Act" doesn't require loans to poor credit risks.

about 2 years ago
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JPMorgan Chase Spends $500 Million On a Data Center

glodime Re:Line Item (275 comments)

1) Nobody makes money making sub-prime loans. It's trivial for any idiot to understand that loaning money to people who can't pay it back is a dumb idea.

I don't think you know what subprime lending is.

about 2 years ago

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Mark Shuttleworth: Power Sharing in FLOSS Economy

glodime glodime writes  |  more than 3 years ago

glodime writes ""we need to empower software companies to participate in the GNU/Linux ecosystem, and not fear them. Rather than undermining their power, we need to balance it through competition.""
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Linux Saves Fast Food POS System From McAfee

glodime glodime writes  |  more than 4 years ago

glodime writes "A die hard Windows IT consultant turns to PLoP Linux to fix a bad McAfee virus definition update that flagged SVCHOST.EXE as a virus. See how a fix was deployed to nearly 700 restaurants spread across the continental US and Canada. The resourceful consultant generously provided the scripts used to solve the critical problem.

Care to share any IT success stories from the trenches where pragmatism trumped dogma to get the job done?"

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