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Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:Lower costs? (316 comments)

The problem, as I see it, is that the original poster is comparing the wrong things; namely, he's looking at MySQL for some odd reason, when several other people have here already pointed out that the de-facto OSS solution to this is PostgreSQL and PostGIS. Sounds pretty much like a drop-in solution to me.

2nd on the PostgreSQL and PostGIS. The OP should also consider using the google maps as a base map through their API

more than 2 years ago

What a Black Box Data Dump Looks Like

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:Engineering (643 comments)

So in other words, you're an idiot that doesn't do any research on the products you buy. If people refuse to buy unsafe cars *gasp* then no businessman in his right mind would make them. Smarten up, dummy.

You know that the auto companies fought vociferously against seat belts,safety glass and air bags right?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Camera For Getting Into Photography?

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:Canon or Nikon (569 comments)

He said "I don't mean that in the sense of photography as a hobby or a profession, but simply as a method for taking images" and you recommend an SLR? Seriously?

Have you dealt with the shutter lag on a point and shoot? They are largely useless if you want to take a photo of anything that moves faster than a grandmother.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Building an Assistive Reading Device?

guyfawkes-11-5 LED Projector? (134 comments)

How about one of the new LED projectors and a pdf ebook? Granted you have to read off the wall, but it may be a relatively cheap workaround. Books on tape are an old standby also, I use them while commuting.

more than 2 years ago

Americas New CIO Wants To Disrupt Government and Make It a Startup

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:Department of Agriculture (287 comments)

Here's an idea, why don't we just shut down 20 of the 21 sections of the Department of Agriculture so they only have one email system?

We can keep food safety inspections, at least until an adequate private inspection regime is in place (like the one that inspects food and facilities for Kosher and Halal dietary requirements).

The last time "food safety inspections", was privatized, the outcome was detailed in "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. A rollicking read, but not something that I would like to return to.

more than 2 years ago

Librarian Attacks Amazon's Kindle Lending Program

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:Poor Libraries (191 comments)

I think this librarian is just upset because he/she is realizing how irrelevant the idea of a library is anymore. Seriously, when was the last time any of you actually used a library?

This week. I never understood why they are not utilized even more than they are in these economic times. Your taxes have already paid for the books on the shelves, why buy another copy?

more than 2 years ago

The Dying DVR Box and Woz Wisdom

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:I really like Woz but.. (207 comments)

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

more than 3 years ago

Newspaper Plagiarizes Blog, Taunts Real Author

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:Only one question (301 comments)

don't forget unprofessional, they cant take the heat. the article is now 404.

more than 3 years ago

Google's Fight Against 'Low-Quality' Sites Continues

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:Does that mean (220 comments)

Same here, now on page 4 and I had been on page 1, sometimes page 2. I think it boils down to keeping on making new content, to keep ahead of the curve. I think google does recognize, to some degree, where certain content originated. I hope so at least.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:Normally (811 comments)

You got modded insightful, which shows the mods are as ignorant as you are. Rich people buy more things and more expensive things a sales tax is the only fair tax there is.

Not necessarily. Warren Buffett has always stated his secretary pays more taxes as a percentage of income than he does. Also a poor person by definition lives from paycheck to paycheck, spending 100% of any take home pay, which is then taxed. A rich person, may save 20% of their take home salary, negating any sales taxes collected on the portion saved.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:They still owe texas money. (811 comments)

Yes, but Amazon will no longer have a physical presence in the state, thus Texas will not be able to collect on any future sales tax. Texas needs to cut some sort of compromise deal with Amazon or they will lose out in the long run, but in lost revenue from jobs and physical infrastructure, as well as potential future sales tax.

See the problem is Amazon did not collect sales tax for Texas from those past sales, thus this money has to come out of their bottom line, instead of literally just taking money from the state population and giving it to the state government when sales tax is tacked on as normal.

They should put a lien on the property and the physical assets for the full amount of the taxes due. Wake them latte drinkin' Internet types up real quick.

more than 3 years ago

How Facebook Ships Code

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:down the road (314 comments)

Its for a different reason; GS created a vehicle with exactly 499 investors to specifically skirt a rules that requires any company with more than 500 investors to be publicly traded. The SEC woke up for once in their lives and started poking around, rather than taking the heat, GS created the vehicle overseas, and only offered it to non US clients. Shady and circumspect to say the least. Heres more info:

more than 3 years ago

How Facebook Ships Code

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:down the road (314 comments)

SOX does not apply to Facebook, at least now today. It is for publicly held companies only, and thus applies to only a small portion of all businesses in the US.

more than 3 years ago

I'd rather WikiLeaks concentrate on leaks about ...

guyfawkes-11-5 twofer (312 comments)

Corporate malfeasance often rides the coattails of political corruption.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Adds 'Do Not Track' Option For IE9

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:Wow, pretty impressed. (179 comments)

I think they may have done this to knock Google down a peg, Google is much more dependent on advertising and analytics than Microsoft.

more than 3 years ago

One Man's Fight Against Forum Spam

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:Illegal (245 comments)

Never heard of change Xrumer, interesting. Vbulletin has a lot of plugins and user setting that capture or deny 99% of the spam. Its to the point that on a good Vbulletin setup, the only place a new user can add an external URL is in their profile, which would be a nofollow link anyway. I still haven't figured a way to deny a new user with less than 5 posts a link to their homepage though

more than 3 years ago

Google Patent Proposes $2 Fee To Skip Commercials

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:Greed (434 comments)

A easier, cheaper and healthier solution. "Shoot your TV!"

more than 3 years ago

Nigerian Scammer Gets the Laptop He Deserves

guyfawkes-11-5 awesome (36 comments)

Thanks for the laugh, and a few ideas.

about 4 years ago

What To Do About CC License Violations?

guyfawkes-11-5 Re:Reprint It (437 comments)

The "vendor" (it's a blog) isn't telling people to stay away from it, it's literally linked back to that dude's photostream and describes the license which means the vendor thinks they're following the license and doesn't think their blog is commercial use despite the ads. And he probably hasn't gotten a response back from the guy because he emailed him about a blog post that is titled Gone Fishin because the dude literally fucking left to go camping in the woods and included a photo of a hammock. Give me a break.

This is rich! Cory actually owns the hammock!
check this out.

about 4 years ago

Dell To Leave China For India

guyfawkes-11-5 doublespeak (352 comments)

a 'safer environment conductive to enterprise'
Read as "safer from industrial espionage and nationalization"

more than 4 years ago



Microsoft Tax Dodge

guyfawkes-11-5 guyfawkes-11-5 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

guyfawkes-11-5 (1583613) writes "Though Microsoft is based in Redmond, Microsoft, it reports all its software-licensing sales in Nevada, where there is no tax on licensing, costing the state of Washington an estimated $1.24 billion in tax revenue, with the state currently running a $2.6 billion budget deficit. The site, created by an former Microsoft employee lays out the ethical and legal issues of the Microsoft Tax Dodge."
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