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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

mosb1000 Paper (385 comments)

Until the IRS upgrades to the '90s and lets you use their website to file, I'm not really interested in filling out a million questions on some scammy website, or going to an accountant to fill out some basic paperwork anybody could do. It's easy enough to fill out the paper forms and mail in a check (though that is the only thing I am likely to write a check for, or put in the mail this year).

5 days ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

mosb1000 Team mentality (313 comments)

I was trying to figure out why people would say that she's connected to the NSA. I was wondering if they'd say that about anyone who served in the White House (Al Gore is on Apple's board). I guess to people subscribing to a team mentality, any member of the republican leadership must be working to promote the NSA, and all the brave democrats are fighting against it.

But in reality, it's pretty silly to think that she's going to advocate turning over all their data to the NSA just because she's on their board and has worked with the NSA in the past. It's also pretty silly to think the NSA hasn't already got that data without her help.

about two weeks ago
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How the NSA Plans To Infect 'Millions' of Computers With Malware

mosb1000 Plans to? (234 comments)

This is from 2009, so they've probably done it by now.

about a month ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

mosb1000 Re: Feds... (342 comments)

After reading this article, there can be little doubt as to why doing things in NJ is so expensive.

about a month ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

mosb1000 Re:Feds... (342 comments)

You wouldn't ask why the mob is so influential, would you? This is the same kind of thing. A group of shady criminals demanding "protection money" from politicians.

about a month ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

mosb1000 Re: Feds... (342 comments)

The thing is this basically is a tariff war. There is no way this law would have been passed if Tesla built cars in New Jersey.

about a month ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

mosb1000 Re:Feds... (342 comments)

Interstate commerce means any work involving or related to the movement of persons or things across state lines. If you make a car in CA and take it to NJ, that's clearly interstate commerce, and the Federal Government is granted constitutional authority to regulate it. Maybe you are confused about what it means?

about a month ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

mosb1000 Re:Feds... (342 comments)

A company based in CA selling cars in NJ most certainly is interstate commerce.

about a month ago
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iRobot CEO: Humanoid Robots Too Expensive To Be the Norm

mosb1000 That's a really stupid comparison. (122 comments)

Researchers have been making humanoid robots for much longer than they've been trying to make any of those other things you listed. And yet, such devices are still limited to doing simple tricks of little or no real value. In the mean time, robots designed for specific purposes (that look nothing like people) are used throughout society. Humanoid robots will always be much more complex, and much less stable, than their non-humanoid counterparts. So of course they will never be affordable because you will always be able to make a cheaper wheeled robot.

Also, it is baffling to me that anyone would throw away money on this line of research. The limits of this kind of robot should be obvious to all of us, since it would have all the same limits we do. But for some reason this idea is so compelling to the less logically minded masses that it attracts all kinds of money for research that is destined to lead nowhere.

about a month and a half ago
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Italian Researchers Demonstrate 'Powerloader' Suit

mosb1000 Re:Pointless and unoriginal. (57 comments)

I did watch the video. You certainly can use a regular loader or mini-excivator for disaster relief, so I don't know what they were on about. It was more like they wanted to make a cool robot exoskeleton, and they needed to come up with an excuse for why you would even want the stupid thing.

If they were really interested in disaster relief, they would be making attachments for compact loaders and mini-excivators, not ridiculous exo-skeletons that could never possibly be useful for that (or any other) application.

about a month and a half ago
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Italian Researchers Demonstrate 'Powerloader' Suit

mosb1000 Pointless and unoriginal. (57 comments)

So it has 10 times the moving parts of a regular loader, but can lift less than 10% of the weight?

I know these things look cool in the cartoons, but there's a reason we don't build construction equipment this way. Things like these will never be as practical as wheeled and tracked vehicles.

about a month and a half ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

mosb1000 Re:However.. (247 comments)

Why investigate and attempt to solve a potential problem that your engineers have brought to you attention? There could be some risk involved (to your career). Better to do nothing and write a report later on saying there was nothing you could do.

about 2 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

mosb1000 Re:The Plan That Could Have Doomed Atlantis (247 comments)

It's about learning from mistakes, not making them worse.

If NASA was capable of learning from their mistakes, they wouldn't have been flying space shuttles in the first place.

about 2 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

mosb1000 Re:However.. (247 comments)

Fortunately Cowards don't become astronauts.

Unfortunately, they do become administrators. . .

about 2 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

mosb1000 Yes (627 comments)

It means you're a bad developer because you're using .net to make webpages. You should always use the right tool for the job.

about 2 months ago
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How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

mosb1000 Maybe it's for the best. (560 comments)

This is one thing that bothers me. If the natural order is for a period of glaciation to begin in the near future, surely global warming will benefit mankind. So why are we acting like we need to cool the place down? All the geologic evidence points to a risk for run-away cooling, if temperatures get a just few degrees lower than they are today. None of it points to a serious long-term threat of run-away global warming. And if the present ice-age were to end, it seems like the world would more hospitable to humans than ever. Sure over the next couple thousand years some cities would have to move to make way for rising water, but most buildings aren't occupied over that kind of time-frame anyway.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Study Permian Mass Extinction Event As Lesson For 21st Century

mosb1000 Re:Meh (235 comments)

Most of their arguments for a potential global catastrophy hinge one a hypothetical "tipping point" beyond which the climate will no longer be in stable equilibrium and will spiral out of control. I haven't seen a plausible mechanism for this, but based on what we know about the climate, such tipping points probably do exist. On the other hand, we know this kind of thing has happened in the past without human intervention. The causes cited are always much larger than anything humanity has been capable of (huge meteor impacts, super volcanoes, things like that). Also, it seems that only run away global cooling has been the real problem in that past, and we understand how that can happen: ice sheets reflect a lot of light and result in the earth taking on less and less heat from the sun. If there's too much ice, the sheets will get bigger and bigger every year.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

mosb1000 It's amateurish . . . (2219 comments)

Frankly, it's hard to consider a website to be a legitimates source of information about programming when they botch their redesign this badly. I know that a lot of websites out there have a similar look and feel, and also work very poorly, but a good developer should be able to see those shortcomings and know to avoid them. If you're not competent enough to pull of the redesign, why not simply stick with the older version? What it looks like is some brainless suit from the parent company who doesn't understand the website or it's users tried it out and decided he wanted a more modern look. You can't make a good product when the person who has the final say is an idiot who doesn't know what he is doing.

about 2 months ago

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What's wrong with online comments?

mosb1000 mosb1000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mosb1000 writes "CNN has an opinion piece about online comments in websites. The author bluntly asks "Have online comment sections become 'a joke'?"

He then proceeds to shoot down a number of common suggestions: having editors and reporters engage their readers in the comments, requiring readers to post using their real names, giving other commenters more power to "up-vote" or "down-vote" posts, etc. And he ultimately suggests that the authors themselves should chose comments to be posted. I don't think that's a real solution, and I've noticed that the comments on Slashdot are generally more useful than those found on other sites. How can we export what Slashdot is doing right to other parts of the internet (and can we)? And what can we do to get rid of the all the useless comments on Slashdot itself."

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Bradley Manning formally charged with aiding the enemy.

mosb1000 mosb1000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mosb1000 writes "Bradley Manning was formally charged with aiding the enemy on thursday. Although aiding the enemy is a capital offense, the prosecution is mercifully seeking only a lifetime sentence for leaking thousands of sensitive documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and US diplomatic cables. No concrete evidence of harm as a result of the leak has come to light, nor any evidence that Manning intended such a result. If they prosecution gets it's requested August 3rd trial date Manning will be receiving his speedy trial after little more than 800 days in prison."
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Siri fails to show up for work.

mosb1000 mosb1000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mosb1000 writes "You may have noticed that Siri didn't show up for work yesterday. CNN has an article about the outage. From the article:

Siri needs to communicate with computers that are in the cloud to understand and process voice commands, leading observers to believe something went wrong with that system. Apple hasn't commented on the outage and did not immediately respond to CNN's request for information.

Is this kind of behavior understandable since she is a relatively new hire, or is it time to start the disciplinary process?"

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Boeing to Deliver First 787

mosb1000 mosb1000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mosb1000 writes "Boeing will be delivering their first 787 to All Nippon Airways next month. The 787 is the first commercial airliner to be made from carbon fiber composites, and has been delayed for years because if Boeing's extensive outsourcing of the project."
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