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White House Proposes "Wealthy Tax"

initdeep Re:Tax planning and rich people (2115 comments)

Corporations do not pay taxes at all.
That's economics from junior high school.
All corporations do is pass their tax costs on to the price of their goods.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Folds In California Sales Tax Deal

initdeep Amzon isnt dodging anything (639 comments)

The consumers who are purchasing from Amazon and sites like it are dodging sales tax, not Amazon.
Those people have a LEGAL requirement to self-report those taxable items on their yearly tax returns and pay any and all sales tax due on said items at that time.
Just because those people aren't doing so, doesn't put Amazon and other online sites in the wrong.

more than 3 years ago
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Solar Company Folds After $0.5B In Subsidies

initdeep Re:It should be noted... (694 comments)

One of the main reasons nuclear power plants in the United States cost so much money to build is that each one of them is independently designed and built.
Want to see a shining example of cost control (and an ironic one at that)? Look to the US Navy where plants are designed once and used multiple times.

This is the way nuclear power plants in the US should be built.
Wit ha standardized design that is both modular and updateable within the basic design for future discoveries.
Instead, each is a hodgepodge of known ideas that are decided upon and implemented without thought to cost control.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Patents Cutting 3.5mm Jack in Half

initdeep Re:I'm confused (369 comments)

except that it wont look as good, and since this is about aesthetics in the first place, apple will certainly play up to their customer how much better the new design looks and that only their design looks good with the players/phones, and that will mean that aftermarket suppliers will need to make something with the "good looking" plug to sell to the apple customers.
so yes, it is, in part, about the possible licensing fees.

more than 3 years ago
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San Francisco Considers Ban On All Pet Sales

initdeep Re:Save important pet lives...? (733 comments)

Actually if you ask ANY DNR field agent in ANY state, you'll find there are literally dozens of invasive species that have been introduced into the local water population that are not only taking over but are actually killing off local water fauna.

Snakeheads are a great example as are grass carp.

The lack of acknowledgment of this problem by the moron referenced in the quote merely shows the total lack of knowledge and irrational reaction that politicians typically utilize.

more than 2 years ago
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Skype Forcing Mac Users To Upgrade Client

initdeep Re:Walled garden (250 comments)

except MS does not yet own it.

keep trying neckbeard

more than 3 years ago
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California Assembly Approves Internet Tax

initdeep Re:I guess I just won't buy stuff online anymore. (454 comments)

that may be true where you live.
but when i lived in florida and sold motorcycles, we were expected to collect taxes based upon the HOME city of the purchaser, which did in fact mean we had to know what the exact sales tax was for each and every county AND city since in many cases, cities would have local option sales taxes added on top of the state tax and county tax.

at least where i live now, all they do is base it on the base state sales tax and tell the counties/cities to piss off when it comes to vehicle purchases. And why do they do this? Because vehicle purchases are one of the main purchases that are routinely purchased outside of a home locality. Especially in states like Iowa where i live when you have a ton of small towns that are within an hour or two driving distance of a larger city that has substantially lower prices.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Canonical the Next Apple?

initdeep Re:Hardware? (511 comments)

The reason people are purchasing these "appliances" from Apple is actually quite simple.
They work within their ecosystem and offer the ability to get what people want.
Now, having said that, there are many more people rocking an iPod than there are ones rocking a complete Apple ecosystem because it's easy to use, easy to get what you want, can be used on the major OS's quite easily (other than iTunes being a crappy manager), and despite other manufacturers attempts, it really is one of the better. more easily purchased devices for mom and pop to buy for little Johnny.

Apple is selling an experience.
Their devices work together quite well. This also means that they don't work all that well with others, so if you've spent hundreds or thousands of dollars over the history of iTunes purchasing songs, do you really want to repurchase them as DRM free, or go the route of burning and re-ripping them so you can have them DRM free?
No, you don't. So you keep using their system.

That's why people purchase these products.
That and they look shiny of course (/sarcasm)

more than 3 years ago
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Is Canonical the Next Apple?

initdeep Re:Yup, marketing (511 comments)

leave teh GIMP alone!!!!!

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone and Location: Don't Panic

initdeep Re:Anecdotal (362 comments)

how many apps running on your phone have access to that file?

oh that's right, it isn't kept on your phone if the cell companies have it.

now think about how many apps could be checking against this unencrypted file on your phone for imfromation and sending it to a third party without you even knowing.....

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?

initdeep Re:LIve Sports (697 comments)

yeah, paying for MLB.com was my idea too.
until i actually tried it.
I live in Iowa, where there are no professional major league teams within 4 hours of me.
yet amazingly, I'm in the "local market" for all of the following teams:
Minnesota Twins
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Milwaukee Brewers
St Louis Cardinals
Kansas City Royals
Colorado Rockies

so if any of those teams are playing home games, and they aren't sold out, they get blacked out for me.
that's correct. 7 of the 30 MLB teams are Home market, subject to blackout teams for me.

Hell, about half the time, they are blacked out on ESPN if they are any night but Sunday which isn't subject to blackout.

so needless to say, i got tired of watching teams from the east and west coast that i cared nothing about as my only options.

I'll stick with my satellite service and watch the games i want to watch.

more than 3 years ago
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Groklaw: Microsoft Cloud Services Aren't FISMA Certified

initdeep Re:Did Microsoft ever claim it was? (152 comments)

no, the claim was not implied.
it was inferred in your case.

more than 3 years ago
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Groklaw: Microsoft Cloud Services Aren't FISMA Certified

initdeep Re:Crowd pleasing article (152 comments)

having one product FISMA certified does not immediately make other products "utilizing the same platform" fall under the same certification.
The certification process explicitly states which exact products are certified when it is given.
This is why Google has asked that the certification be updated to include the Google Apps for Government.

Thus, the Google Apps for Government is not, currently, FISMA certified, although it appears to be in the process of obtaining such certification.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple AirPlay Private Key Exposed

initdeep Re:real easy innit (306 comments)

it's ok.
it's not the size that matters.

more than 3 years ago
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The New Commodore 64

initdeep Re:So the question is... (339 comments)

i much prefer to HAVE a remote to control my HTPC and not need the keyboard or mouse to do so.
for the 2% of the time i need a keyboard, i can grab the wireless low profile one with integrated trackball i keep stashed under the end table next to my recliner.

and i much prefer my Dell ZinoHD form factor over this thing to have sitting in my a/v component shelves.

more than 3 years ago
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Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin

initdeep Re:The will to be free (648 comments)

Windows plays DVD's just perfectly fine. right out of the box, and has since the release of Vista.
Oh, it doesn't work on your old ass install of XP from 10 years ago out of the box? too fucking bad. update your shit or use the alternatives.

And if your webcam keeps disappearing, and again, i'm betting this is the same old ass install of XP, its most likely either a) a shitty webcam or b) user error.

for the most part, and i do mean the vast majority of the time, the modern windows os's "just work" with almost anything, and if they do require drivers, and you haven't purchased some flea market made in china kirf'd pos peripheral, the drivers install easily and after at most requiring a reboot, your item works.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Huge Digital Media Libraries

initdeep Re:MyMovies and XBMC (361 comments)

this.

and since the information database MyMovies pulls from is community maintained and vetted, it is far superior to the metadata that you will get from even good metadata sources like IMDB.

You can use MYMovies for frontend interface on Windows Media Center or you can utilize one of a number of other front ends and only use the MyMovies Collection Management DB backend.

The nice thing about this product is that it does store actor/director/crew information, so you can easily pull up any director and see all of the movies in your collection and with a simple click then pull up any of those movies for immediate playback.
I have 20TB+ of movies/tv shows in my collection (yes i own them, i buy dvd's instead of paying for cable/satellite service) and utilize the MM front end and backend and everything is fast to utilize.
Another nice thing about MM is that it is completely free to use for home use and allows for all of the "nifty" special features people like, including screen customization, movie art, etc.

their newest version (still in beta till the end of the month) also now includes specific features for handling tv shows ripped to individual episodes if you are one the "acquires" these.

more than 3 years ago
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Melbourne College May Give iPad To Every Student

initdeep Re:Ever heard of deficit spending? (350 comments)

ask the greeks, the irish and other EU countries how that's working out.......

more than 3 years ago

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