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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

madbrain We have the best tax system (255 comments)

that money can buy.

about a month ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

madbrain Re:Meh (201 comments)

Actually, there is no microSD slot on the Nexus 6 or 9 .

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/10/15/motorola-nexus-6-everything-you-need-to-know/
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/192061-nexus-9-unveiled-43-screen-64-bit-tegra-k1-soc-android-5-0-and-no-micro-sd-slot

Also, the battery is non-removable.

I will keep my LG G3 .

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

madbrain Re:Really? (294 comments)

Your numbers reflect my experience as well except for 802.11ac .

I am getting between 300 to 400 mbps real world throughput depending on how far the wifi device is from the router.
That's with connection rates between 500 and 1300 mbps - the later achieved with an Asus PCIE 802.11ac NIC.

IMO, 802.11ac is a huge advance over 802.11n.

about a month and a half ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

madbrain Re:So? (488 comments)

The state subsidies for solar in California have ended for the major utilities.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota and Tesla May Work Together Again

madbrain Re:2015 Pluggable Prius - Only 11 miles on EV Mode (51 comments)

Agreed.

And the Plug-in-Prius can't even drive 100% electric at freeway speeds.

The "plug-in" part really is a joke on the Prius. It's definitely not worth the extra $5k over the regular Prius.

FYI, I drive a Leaf and my husband drives a Prius.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

madbrain Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (533 comments)

I live in Silicon Valley and AT&T can't even deliver 128 kbps DSL at my address. No DSL service available at any speed, period.

about 2 months ago
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Google May Be $1 Billion Behind In Tax Payments To France

madbrain Re:Obligatory (199 comments)

Burger King went out of business in France a long time ago.

Looks like they are trying again, with a total of 2 (two) restaurants nationwide.

about 7 months ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

madbrain Re:do they have a progressive view? (336 comments)

You may want to read the Windsor ruling more carefully, it does not say what you stated.

DOMA section was overturned, which means the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages of couples that were married in states or countries that allow it.

Many of the state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage weren't enacted directly by voters, but by the legislatures. The Windsor case says nothing about the voters in each state.

The Supreme Court also let stand a ruling about Prop 8, which found that a state ban on same-sex marriage in California, directly voted on by the California electorate, was unconstitutional.

The 2 rulings are not in contradiction. Both will be used to overturn many of the remaining state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage.

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:I detect hypocrisy (1116 comments)

Did you notice the part where he apologized for doing so, and Brendan Eich did not ?

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:I May Not Agree (1116 comments)

It was certainly not one activist judge that overturned Prop 22, the predecessor to Prop 8.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_California

First, there was a trial court decision .

"On March 14, 2005, Judge Kramer ruled that California statutes limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples were unconstitutional."

This decision was then overturned, in a 2-1 ruling.
"he state and organizations opposed to same-sex marriage appealed. Division Three of the First District Court of Appeal held extended oral argument on the cases on July 10, 2006, before a three-judge panel. In a 2-to-1 decision, the appellate court overturned the lower court"

Finally, there was a California Supreme Court decision, which is made of 7 judges. That ruling went 4-3 .

I count one trial court judge, one appellate court judge, and four California supreme Court judges, that were on the side of finding Prop 22 unconstitutional.

Also, do you think it was "activist judges" that overturned anti-miscegenation laws in 1967 nationwide, in a unanimous 9-0 ruling in "Loving vs Virginia" ?
I guess you want those laws back on the books, too .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_v._Virginia

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:Straight Privilege (1116 comments)

I meant that same-sex couples already had the legal right to get married in California before Prop 8, in 2008. And 18,000 of those couples had weddings.
You can italicize the word all you want, but a civil wedding ceremony is just as legally valid.

The couples never had the legal right to a "civil union", which never existed in California.

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:I May Not Agree (1116 comments)

You call it judicial activism, I call it civil rights.

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:I May Not Agree (1116 comments)

The donation directly contributed to stripping LGBT Californians from the right to marry, a right they already had.

It wasn't just an indication of Eich's opinion.

While Obama wasn't in favor of granting rights of same-sex couples to marry in states where they didn't have them, he also never called for taking those rights away in states that did.

That is an important distinction, in my mind.

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:I May Not Agree (1116 comments)

"old status quo" ? Interesting choice of words. It just doesn't work that way. Prop 8 was unique in taking existing rights away.

If Prop 8 had tried to bring back racial segregation in marriage, instead of bringing back gender discrimination in marriage, would it be right to call him a bigot or not ?

IMO, once he donated to the hateful Prop 8 campaign to take rights away, the onus was on him to prove that he wasn't a bigot. But he refused to address anything about his past political action.

As someone who is in an interracial, same-sex marriage in California, I don't see a difference there. Bigotry is bigotry, whether it's racism or anti-gay bigotry.

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:Liberal gay-supporters look at themselves... (1116 comments)

Andrew Sullivan is just Andrew Sullivan.

He has changed his political tune many times.

It's hard to fit him in one box.

He has many contradictions, too.

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:Mountains of of molehills (1116 comments)

What equal right ? The right to be Mozilla CEO ? I don't think we all have that right.

We do have right to speak up, as much as the Mozilla CEO had the right to his political contributions.

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:Straight Privilege (1116 comments)

Actually same-sex couples already had legal recognition in California before Prop 8.

Prop 8 took away the right of same-sex couples to get married.

http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/past/2008/general/title-sum/prop8-title-sum.htm

ELIMINATES RIGHT OF SAME–SEX COUPLES TO MARRY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

After Prop 8 passed, proponents also tried to retroactively divorce existing same-sex couples.

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:Interesting Quote (1116 comments)

He wasn't a recent hire though. He was a founder. He was promoted from CTO to CEO.

The board knew about his donation to Prop 8 two years ago. There was no major backlash at that time when he was still only CTO.
The backlash started after his promotion to CEO.

He was not fired, but his resignation certainly resulted from the pressure of the boycott.

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:I think the conversation here is missing the po (1116 comments)

Sure, it is your right to call the backlash hate, but that doesn't really make it so.

If that's hate, I'd love to know what you call the "Yes on 8" video ads that called gays dangerous to children, etc ?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/04/04/brendan_eich_supported_prop_8_which_was_worse_than_you_remember.html

Please watch them before answering.

about 7 months ago

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