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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

kheldan 'Pass it on to the consumer' (153 comments)

The sad fact is they'll do anything to protect their bottom line, so they'll just pass the extra cost on to their customers, who in many cases will not have any choice but to pay more for whatever they're getting. Then the corps will blame the government for it's 'corruption' as the reason their prices are so much higher now, and lobby for 'reform'. Or somesuch scenario.

2 hours ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

kheldan Bad for developing brains (181 comments)

Wasn't there a news story some time ago that said research was done that shows that children a certain age or younger should not play 3D games because it screws up the development of their brain? Also mod Oculus Rift CEO down for being as biased as they come.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

kheldan Re:Great one more fail (576 comments)

That is not how this would fail. How it will fail is a very simple principle:

Anything that one man can make, another can hack

Granted, it'll be like having an alarm on your home or car: It'll cause the casual criminal to move on to an easier target, but the skilled and/or determined criminal will not be deterred by it at all.

2 days ago
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Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

kheldan Re:DESI Is the SUPREME RACE! (112 comments)

If you combine the populations of India and China, isn't it something like seven times the population of the United States? Yet, we're having more of an effect on their culture than they are having on us. What does that tell you, friend?

I'm no astrophysicist or aeronautical engineer, but it seems to me that at least 99.9% of any space vehicle's journey to any other planet in our star system is going to be uneventful and easy to manage; it's the end of the journey that's going to pose possible difficulties. The paper ball you toss at the trash can flies through the air uneventfully -- but whether or not you get it in the can, have it bounce off the rim, or miss the can entirely at the end of it's flight is something else entirely.

Not that I'm trash-talking Indian engineering or scientific ability. I work with enough Indian engineers to know better than that. Now if they could just learn to solder worth a damn. XD

2 days ago
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Researchers Working On Crystallizing Light

kheldan Re:Sounds familiar (127 comments)

How the hell should I know? There's a reason it's called science fantasy after all. How do you generate a coherent graviton beam? What's the operating principles of a Heisenberg Compensator?

5 days ago
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China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

kheldan Re:Been there, done that. (100 comments)

Why can't they just participate in the International space station, again?

Because their xenophobic policies prohibit 'contamination' of their citizens wherever they can manage to avoid it, and besides which they're probably afraid that the crew they send to the ISS would have a perfect opportunity to defect to the West, seeing as how they'd be outside of any countrys' borders while in orbit.

5 days ago
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Researchers Working On Crystallizing Light

kheldan Re:Sounds familiar (127 comments)

Except that in NextGen Star Trek (24th century and later), the holodeck uses photons restrained by force fields, totally different technology than what they're experimenting with here (I think).

5 days ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

kheldan Re:Maybe (258 comments)

Personally, I'd prefer that convicts serve their full sentences and we dispense with parole altogether.

I think that personally you (and everyone else) would be shocked and angered by how much that would end up costing you in taxes. Prisons are overcrowded enough as it is, and that just makes everything worse, and the problem isn't being made any better by 'operated for profit' privately-owned prisons that contract themselves out to state governments.

about a week ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

kheldan Re:Maybe (258 comments)

If it prevents their parole from being violated

Do you own pets? Ever notice that they learn to not do things you get mad at them for doing (jump on the kitchen counter or on tables, etc) when you're watching, but will do it when (they think) you're not watching? It boggles my mind to think that anyone believes humans to be any different. You watch a parolee 24/7/365, of course they're going to behave, they have no choice. Is that going to really change their character? Maybe not. Hardened criminals are going to wait out their parole so the monitoring device comes off, then go back to their tried-and-true criminal ways. Non-hardened criminals who really want to just do their time and never commit crimes again, live a normal life, may as well have 'CONVICT' tattooed across their foreheads. If you're not going to trust them at all then you may as well just not let them out of prison in the first place. While there needs to be the punishment aspect of the criminal justice system and the prison system, if you're not making an effort to rehabilitate offenders, then what's the point? Some can't be rehabilitated, true, but that's another discussion. For the ones who can and want to be rehabilitated, there needs to be some level of trust or there's not much point in letting them out in the first place.

about a week ago
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Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

kheldan Re:Good luck with that. (78 comments)

Oh, I doubt he'll be killed for his actions.
What'll more likely happen, is he'll have 'a mental breakdown' as a result of the stress of the proceedings, and have to be institutionalized 'for his own health and safety', where he'll be drugged to the gills -- until one day months or years later he'll 'recover' and recant his actions against the State 'because he was obviously having mental/emotional problems that were affecting his judgement' or somesuch. Naturally his family will foot the bill for his 'hospitalization' and 'rehabilitation/treatment', which will bankrupt them, but since family is so important in China, they'll be more than happy to reimburse the State.

about a week ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

kheldan "In two years" (185 comments)

Is that the new version of 'in five years'?

I predict that 'in two years' they'll announce that they 'still have a few details to work out' and that it will be released 'in (the) next year's model'.. and so on..

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

kheldan Re: Do it yourself? (130 comments)

MATERIAL quality of the 1-hour tapes, not RECORDING quality, goddamnit..

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

kheldan Re:Do it yourself? (130 comments)

You're reading WAY too much into two words here ('broadcast quality'). They were 'broadcast quality' because they were 1-hour tapes, not the typical garden-variety 2-hour tapes, the tape itself was thicker and overall higher quality than consumer-grade VHS tapes, and they weren't cheap when I bought them; the 'broadcast quality', if you're not getting it still, referred to the material quality of the tapes (better quality tape itself, better quality shell, better quality tape-path components within the shell, etc), not in any way, shape, or form referring to improvement of recording quality (which is impossible, VHS is VHS.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

kheldan Do it yourself? (130 comments)

If the overall quality is a high priority to you then why not get a decent video capture device and do it yourself? By the way, if it's all on analog video tape like VHS, isn't it going to have degraded somewhat all by itself over time anyway? I've still got some VHS tapes I recorded myself that are at least 10 years old, and a high-end Sony VCR I kept (used to have two) and even though they were brand-new 'broadcast quality' tapes recorded at 2-hour speed, they really don't look all that great now. Honestly if it were I, and it was that important, I'd get a good video capture device, capture it all to the most uncompressed format I could, and do the editing myself.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

kheldan Re:Here's an idea (448 comments)

First of all I'm not 'terrified' of anything at the moment because there is so far as I know no imminent threat, I'm pissed off at these people who act worse than wild animals. I'm also pissed off at people with their heads in the sand/wearing rose-colored glasses who think we should just stay in our little corner of the world and let every group of assholes out there do whatever they want so long as it's not on U.S. soil. As much as I wish we lived in a world where that could be the way of things, the fact of the matter is the world is too small for that sort of thinking anymore, and as I keep on saying: It's WAY too late to just pull in and ignore things.

Also you people who keep criticizing me and keep putting words in my mouth and assuming what I'm thinking can go fuck yourselves. I'm sick and bloody well tired of clueless people who refuse to see beyond the end of their own nose telling me I'm suffering from any number of neuroses when the fact of the matter is I am paying attention to what the fuck is going on when apparently the rest of you are off in your own little make-believe worlds full of nothing but roses and hearts and butterflies. Seriously, try UNDERSTANDING the news before you try to lecture ME on it, you assholes.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

kheldan Re:Here's an idea (448 comments)

What you are is an idiot for not seeing the necessity of spinning a 'what if' scenario for short-sighted people who think we (the U.S.) should just 'mind our own business' and ignore what's going on in the rest of the world, and apparently your eyesight is at least a myopic considering your 'it couldn't happen here!' attitude. Do I really have to go through old news stories and find all the instances since 9/11 of domestic terrorism in 1st-world countries including right here in the U.S.? In any case please shut the fuck up you're annoying.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

kheldan Re:Here's an idea (448 comments)

..and by the way: How is anything I've said FUD? Do you not read the news? Have you not heard what these and other Islamic religious extremists have said about the U.S., and seen what they've done to U.S. citizens they've captured? Have you not heard the numerous stories about schoolgirls being brutally attacked and maimed or killed for having the audacity to go to school? Can you not see that it doesn't take any imagination at all to see what they'd do to us all given carte blanche to do as they please? Is your head really buried that deep in the sands of denial?

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

kheldan Re:Here's an idea (448 comments)

I'm not 'conservative' by any stretch of the imagination, but I can see the writing on the wall. Apparently you can't.

Tell you what, buddy: You think your grasp of world politics is so awesomely genius? Write down all your ideas and send them to the Secretary of State and to the President and let's see what happens. While you're at it please write them all down in detail in this thread so we can laugh at you, too.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

kheldan Re:Here's an idea (448 comments)

Sure thing buddy, great idea. Let's see how you feel about your own ideology when you wake up one morning to find Islamic Jihadists pointing guns at you and informing you that you need to convert to Islam, immediately, or face execution, or that you are now subject to Sharia Law whether you like it or not, and that your daughters will have acid thrown in their faces for having the gall to actually go to school to learn to read, write, and do math. As distasteful as it may be, you have to face the reality of the fucked-up world we're living in: There are people out there that hate you just because you exist, they don't care what your opinions are, they don't care what your politics are, they want you, your family, and everyone you know dead because their interpretation of their fucking religion (or their using religion as an excuse, you decide which is which) says that you're an abomination in the eyes of Allah and as such they have a duty to wipe you from the face of the earth. Of course I'll be shouted down now by a thousand assholes here on /. with rhetoric like 'it's all about money' or 'it's all about oil' or whatever, but the fact remains: We can't go back now. We abandon our allies based on idealism? We'll be abandoned in turn, hated even worse, and left to be destroyed. Sorry buddy, there's no turning back now.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

kheldan Did some politician come up with this stupid idea? (448 comments)

For cryin' out loud, people, did some idiot politician with no idea how tech works in the real world come up with this idea?

Here's the problem:
Simply put, any tech can be hacked. As you'll note from the last several decades, copy protections, DRM, what have you, can and have all been hacked to circumvent them, and in some cases it took a fraction of the time to hack them than it did to create them in the first place! You design some sort of technology to 'remotely disable' weapons of war and two things will happen:
1. The 'enemy' will hack them at a critical moment so you can't use them, and
2. You leave them behind, they'll hack them and use them anyway.

You want to 'disable' weaponry you're forced to leave behind? The best way is the tried-and-true old-fashioned way: You rig them with explosives and destroy them. For bonus points, you booby-trap them so that the enemy sets them off when they come to take posession of the aforementioned weapons left behind, so that you not only destroy the hardware, you destroy as many of them as possible in the process, and in the case of these 'Islamic State' assholes, the more of them you can take out, the better. Congratulations, you've made the world a better place through the use of demolition charges.

about two weeks ago

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Moderation FAIL

kheldan kheldan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Apparently some asshole on /. thinks it's his mission in life to moderate every single post I make down by one; I see what you're doing, knock it the hell off, jerk.

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