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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

ktappe Re:Disease spread is fractal (478 comments)

  • No matter how you look at it, we're all in trouble.

More fear mongering. I'm looking at it from a perspective where we're not in trouble at all. Are you planning on drinking fluids from a sick person? No? Neither am I. So please lose the "we're all gonna die" attitude.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

ktappe Re:More feminist bullshit (728 comments)

Keep up the strawman arguments. Nobody ever opposed verifying the accusations. But when you turn those verifications into a full-blown investigation into the accusor, you know darned well you've gone too far and in the wrong direction, troll.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

ktappe Re:Rinse, Repeat (182 comments)

I would agree with you if it is shown Lyft is pulling the same shenanigans, but I've seen not one bit of such evidence. Never forget that it is possible for only one side to be wrong in a dispute. If you punch me in the face, I am not equally to blame as you.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

ktappe Re:How is this not conspiracy to commit fraud? (182 comments)

This goes beyond "being a dick." It is systemic creation of contracts that are intended to be broken and cause Lync financial loss in order to help Uber's business. I don't see how that's not actionable.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

ktappe Re:Illegal (182 comments)

So as a consumer, why do I care?

1) Because hopefully you're a moral being and recognize that this is immoral, wrong behavior on Uber's part.

2) Because in the long run this is going to cost you money. If Uber runs Lyft out of business, you can be sure Uber will be able to raise its prices. Further, even if they don't, this is raising Lyft's costs and they will pass those on to you. Or Lyft won't have a taxi available when you need one because it was on another Uber-induced wild goose chase.

But I really hope #1 is the main reason you'd object. I'm sorry if #2 is.

about 2 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

ktappe Re:Classic Slashdot (463 comments)

Maybe I will even start a site to compete. One whose design is not brain dead and whose management will never become brain dead.

It's called Reddit.

about 9 months ago
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Network Solutions Opts Customer Into $1,850 Security Service

ktappe Re:Free market means exactly that ! (405 comments)

  • Fraud would be charging without notice, and without offering an opt-out.

Sorry, wrong. Fraud is intentionally charging someone for something they did not order. This falls right into that category. OP is under no obligation to read his email to prevent being charged thousands for an item he did not want.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Trust Online Tax Software?

ktappe Re:I Use Excel To Model The Form 1040 (237 comments)

Anyone who pays for tax software is probably an idiot.

Or doesn't know how to program. Not saying I'm one of those, but there is a place in this world for nurses and cooks and carpenters who know their trades quite well but not how to construct an algorithm in a computer.

Or were you trolling?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Trust Online Tax Software?

ktappe Re:Australia (237 comments)

See, that's exactly how the U.S. should do it. It is moronic that we have to pay 3rd parties to submit data and money to the government. But we are responsible if the data is wrong, not the bad programmers.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Trust Online Tax Software?

ktappe Re:I Used a Popular Online Tax Service... (237 comments)

You know, employing skills that software doesn't do well..

I'm not following this. Software (I use TaxAct) is quite good at making sure to ask you a lot of detailed questions about your life events and situation. Software can make sure to ask these questions and not forget one like a human can. If you, the end-user, neglect to check a box that says (for example), "I donated a car this year", then that's your fault not the software's. If you're trying to say the accountant would ask "Hey, are you sure you didn't donate a car?" and you respond "Oh yeah...you're right, I did," then OK, the human is better at coaxing info out of you (or inducing you to lie.) Personally, I'll stick to software.

about a year ago
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Netflix Users In Danger of Unknowingly Picking Up Malware

ktappe Re:Automatic upgrade (153 comments)

  • Can we get someone on the Slashdot staff that has actually some experience of the operating system in use by 96% of the population please?

It's not even correct for the other 4%. On Mac OS X, Silverlight absolutely alerts the user that their version is out of date and a single "OK" click will download the new version for them.

about a year ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

ktappe Re:Nice graphical argument for DST (462 comments)

Perhaps you should try going out-of-doors yourself in the evenings instead of sitting in front of computer or television.

about a year ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

ktappe Re:Completely obsolete (462 comments)

Right. Because no humans ever go out-of-doors after work in the summer to enjoy the warmth and the light. Right. Could you be more shortsighted?

about a year ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

ktappe Re:Pros and Cons (462 comments)

Do you truly see no advantage to having more daylight in the evening after you get home from work? Really?

about a year ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

ktappe Re:blah (462 comments)

You're full of it. It is illegal for you to not be paid for an hour of worked time. Your scenario is not occurring anywhere. Prove me wrong.

about a year ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

ktappe Re:I'm weird, I like it. (462 comments)

You're not weird at all. The big difference between the island time and ours is that they have year-round warmth. We are trying to maximize the daylight when it's warm outside and we want to be out. We then pay for it in the winter when we might as will be inside when daylight doesn't matter. Your reaction is normal.

about a year ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

ktappe You don't get it (462 comments)

I hate to be blunt about this, and I'll probably get downloaded to oblivion, but I don't think most of you understand the reason for daylight saving time. It's really cool when it's warm out to get home and have a lot of light available to you after work to be able to do things outdoors. In June I play tennis until almost 9 PM. That is super cool to be able to do. I really don't understand why everyone is so against it, other than ignorance. The alternative is for the sun to come up at 4 AM, which doesn't help anybody at all. It's just wasted daylight. DST is one of the cooler things that mankind has devised. Its advantages should be quite obvious by now. And yet I see three out of four people are still against it. I feel like I'm living in a bizarro world where people think up is down and left is right. Your reactions are truly that stupefying to me.

about a year ago
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Google Bots Doing SQL Injection Attacks

ktappe Re:How about Yahoo "bots", Bing "bots" ? (156 comments)

Nobody has ever been "DDOS'ed" by Bing. A DDOS is, by definition, a deliberate attempt to knock a site off the net. Bing is just doing business, not attacking. I don't defend Microsoft but let's make sure we use terminology properly.

about a year ago
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EFF Slams Google Fiber For Banning Servers On Its Network

ktappe Re:Bogus headline, flamebait. Shame, EFF. (301 comments)

  • The terms do not say "will not". Nor "may not". Nor "must not". Nor "it is a network security violation to", like everybody else. They say "should not", which any kid you know will tell you is code for "you can, you might, and you may, but I'd rather you didn't."

With due respect, your response is also bogus. That sentence didn't just fall into Google's terms of service. It was intentionally put there so that when Google decides they truly don't want servers on their network, they can terminate your agreement and connection. It's truly naive of you to think this language is completely innocent and has zero chance of being enforced.

about a year ago
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Computer Trading and Dark Pools

ktappe Re:If the question is: (222 comments)

>I presume it comes with enough lawlessness that I can reclaim (or attempt to reclaim) my funds through the barrel of a gun Of course you can't, because you're not rich enough for the laws to not apply to you.

about a year ago

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Court Blocks Early Access to Experimental Drugs

ktappe ktappe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ktappe writes "A U.S. appeals court ruled that terminally ill patients don't have a constitutional right to use experimental drugs that have passed limited safety trials but haven't been proved safe and effective.

A fundamental right to use drugs under development can't be established because such access isn't 'deeply rooted' in U.S. history and tradition (as if new, experimental drugs could have much history), according to the 8-2 ruling issued today by a panel of judges on the Court of Appeals.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087& sid=a5py.PD9bnUs&refer=home"
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ktappe ktappe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ktappe writes "An analyst at Forrester Research estimates the daylight saving time (DST) switch coming this Sunday will cost the average company $50,000 in time and labor expenses — a conservative figure that doesn't take into account missed airline flights or forgotten appointments. That's a total of $350 million for the 7,000 publicly traded companies in the U.S. Is this another case of an analyst pulling numbers out of the air, or will we really be paying a high price for earlier DST?"

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