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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

iceborer Re: Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

That's funny, because during that time period, I got a ticket for speeding, a bill from the IRS, taxes were taken out of my pay check every week, and my neighbor's EBT card continued to work to buy groceries. The VA didn't kick my dad out of the hospital.

Well, let's see... Speeding ticket -- a service provided by the state, county, or city you were busted in IRS bill -- well, we've privatized the Post Office and generating a bill doesn't require people (or it was mailed before the shutdown). Payroll taxes -- taken out by a private payroll provider, usually, and sent to the gubmint EBT -- administered by the state, usually through the counties As for the VA -- they are funded in advance a bit and the shutdown didn't last long enough for them to run out of money.

about 3 months ago
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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

iceborer New Article Summary (238 comments)

"Not content with the profitability of Slashdot, researchers at DICE have their sights set on a new beast of a website that could have a negative content impact of 80 to 100 percent. The “leading provider of specialized websites” announced that it was hatching plans for an horrendous successor to Slashdot.org with an experimental rollout, which was quickly shit upon by the Slashdot community, resulting in an “apology” this week. The idea is to consider different Slashdot designs that will result of greater monetization of contributed assets— much more money. DICE wrote it was looking for a major redesign in order to create a website more accessible and shareable by a wider audience. "The existing site is fine. Fuck beta."

about 9 months ago
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AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

iceborer Re:Planned intimidation tactic (1034 comments)

There is another side of coin: The more footage of every person there is, the more opportunities you have to find something incriminating or blackmail worthy. I am not afraid of cops getting free pass on some assaults.

I am afraid of future where anyones life is easily pieced together from footage gathered from hundreds/thousands walking cameras, analyzed for weaknesses and exploited. Anytime you run afoul of little pointless law, anytime you do something that can easily be taken out of context to villify you, any secret you might want to keep secret.

If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.

I wonder how many pictures or minutes of video it takes...

about 9 months ago
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Why Microsoft Office For iOS Will Likely Never See the Light of Day

iceborer Surface (270 comments)

If you put Office on the iPad, the only real reason to buy Surface goes away.

about a year and a half ago
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Tech Firms Keep Piles of 'Foreign Cash' In US

iceborer Re:time for a outsouring tax? (427 comments)

Better idea don't tax companies, tax people. I don't know who thought taxing companies was a good idea, I haven't heard a single reason why we should be doing it and all it does is worsen an already terrifying labor region issue.

Corporations are people, my friend.

about 2 years ago
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Google's Image Search Now Requires Explicit Queries For Explicit Results

iceborer Hmm, Let's See (369 comments)

Search: Natalie Portman Hot Grits

...

Goddammit!

about 2 years ago
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Chicago Teachers Rip 'Big Money Interest Groups'

iceborer Re:Chicago Teachers Rip 'Big Money Interest Groups (404 comments)

It is illegal for a group of CEOs to join an organization dedicated to fixing prices. Or did you think that was a bad idea too? Both concepts undermine competition and are bad for everyone except those in the organization.

Nice straw man, but you unintentionally pointed to exactly the right comparison. CEOs head organizations which are comprised of many people gathering together to obtain mutual benefit, namely pooled resources that allow members of the organization to engage in activities and reap benefits that they could not individually. These folks all gather together to have greater bargaining power in the market. We even privilege these collectivist organizations under law by providing the individual members immunity for the (negative) actions of the organization.

more than 2 years ago
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Android 4.0 Upgrade For Sony Xperia Smartphones Opens a Pandora Box

iceborer WTB Actual Editor (181 comments)

Android 4.0 Upgrade For Sony Xperia Smarphones Opens a Pandora Box

It's a smartphone, ffs, and the box is Pandora's.

I'm beyond even thinking about asking Slashdot to edit; I know that's too much to ask for. Could you at least run a fucking spell check?

more than 2 years ago
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US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

iceborer Re:I am planning to move to NC (1167 comments)

nobody voted for him, he was appointed to replace salazar

Bennett was apppointed to replace Ken Salazar in 2009, but he was elected to the office in 2010. About 48% of the nobodies who voted in Colorado that year picked him. One of them is now thinking of unpicking him in 2016.

more than 2 years ago
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NSA CS Man: My Tracking Algorithm Was 'Twisted' By the Government

iceborer Re:Pen registers (267 comments)

The USA statutes governing pen registers are codified under 18 U.S.C., Chapter 206.

Those are only the laws we're allowed to see

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks Vows Release '7x the Size' of Iraq Leak

iceborer Re:NO! (491 comments)

You're safe. It's Justin Bieber's Twitter logs.

more than 3 years ago
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'Cellphone Effect' Could Skew Polling Predictions

iceborer Re:Translation (836 comments)

Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos!

more than 3 years ago
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How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

iceborer Re:Technically Legal (1193 comments)

Their motto is Do No Evil not Do Nothing Illegal

Now, we can argue whether they actually follow that, but using tactics so convoluted that you have to have a team of lawyers and get approval from the IRS to set them up in order to avoid supporting the society that makes your business possible is evil.

about 4 years ago
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Iran Acknowledges Espionage At Nuclear Facilities

iceborer Re:Obviously (175 comments)

The preceding list is not all-inclusive, naturally, as I'm sure yours isn't either. I just found it interesting that you were modded "funny" for a bunch of partisan hackery, so please enjoy this counterbalance.

Goddamit, where is the +1 Irony moderation?!?

about 4 years ago
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Steve Jobs Tries To Sneak Shurikens On a Plane

iceborer Re:In other news... (661 comments)

I have had it with these motherfucking chairs on this motherfucking plane!

more than 4 years ago
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Julian Assange Faces Rape Investigation In Sweden — Updated

iceborer Re:Rape? In Sweden? (1017 comments)

That's the feminist/social sciences dogma. See Palmer & Thornhill, A Natural History of Rape for a different dogmatic response.

There, fixed that for you. The movement in evolutionary psychology is no less unexamined in its belief that psychology results from evolution than are the feminists and social scientists. Palmer and Thornhill miss a lot in their analysis. What drives male/male rapes? Incest with young children? Rape with objects? In other ports? The science is pretty poor and the solution-- chicks should dress more modestly and try to seem "unavailable."

more than 4 years ago
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Lucas Promises Star Wars on Blu-Ray in 2011

iceborer First? (420 comments)

In this version Han shoots first and last!

more than 4 years ago
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The Sun Unleashes Coronal Mass Ejection At Earth

iceborer Astroporn (220 comments)

It's cosmic bukkake!

more than 4 years ago
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Times Paywall Blocks 90% of Traffic

iceborer Re:The real question (311 comments)

People say "offer premium content" with a wave of their hands. Well, what did you have in mind?

Ponies?

more than 4 years ago
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Blizzard Backs Down On Real Names For Forums

iceborer Re:Popularity (432 comments)

Blizzard didn't listen to customer feedback. they backed down in the face of customer outrage. To imply that their popularity is due to the fact that they seek feedback is ridiculous. If Blizzard "cared" about their customers' opinions, they would have asked about feelings on this change before they announced it, rather than waiting to bludgeoned into submission after imposing the change.

more than 4 years ago

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