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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

myowntrueself Re:May I suggest (233 comments)

How about a modern .308 bolt-action rifle with a synthetic stock? The caliber is more than adequate; the stock won't be affected by the elements; and a bolt-action is very reliable. It's extremely simple and easy to keep clean. Almost any brand will do.

Yes, of course. Because of the shortage of wood in Canada right?

yesterday
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

myowntrueself Re:Good to hear (512 comments)

I was really unhappy with Debian's move to systemd, and the fact that once systemd is running as one's init system through a general upgrade, one cannot even go back to sysvinit..

Having heard that Slackware was resistant to systemd, I installed the latest version of Slackware on a netbook I have lying around, and while it's a fine project that clearly has its fans, it seems to require a lot of retraining for someone coming from Debian. I'd love to be able to stay on the venerable old Linux distro I have so many years of experience in.

I predict that use of systemd will result in too many 'release critical' bugs, and that future releases will be delayed very badly because of this.

2 days ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

myowntrueself Re: Why..... (258 comments)

P.S. Many US families do the same thing as Google, at a smaller scale. I personally know families in which the wife does not work and is stay-home mom because is "cheaper" vs. two working parents and kids in day care. This is because two spouses working would put them in a higher taxable income bracket which will also make them receive less or none of some tax deductions. Plus they will have to pay for day care. With the wife staying home, taxable income of just one working spouse is lower, there are higher tax deductions, and no day care costs. Tax evasion? No, simply a personal example of tax optimization.

The IRS would probably see that as tax avoidance.

5 days ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

myowntrueself Re:Why..... (258 comments)

A lot of countries do only tax on the revenues from their country. America is one of the few countries that tries to tax globally. That's why companies are leaving America.

There are just so many reasons to leave the USA. National security letter shenanigans would mean that I wouldn't even have any management staff physically in the USA, there would be no staff in the USA to deliver a NSL to. Taxes? I'd probably prefer to hire non-US citizens, it makes banking with foreign banks a lot easier.

Sell to the US consumer but have no presence in the country.

5 days ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

myowntrueself Re:Voting for the right people (149 comments)

Do you honestly believe that someone would be allowed to run for president of the USA who wasn't in big media's pocket?

I honestly believe, that if your (cynical) point of view was connected to reality, we wouldn't have seen the sort of media bias on display in the last two elections.

Its a single party system with big media trying to give the illusion of choice.

USA and North Korea have more in common than just taxing overseas income of their citizens...

5 days ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

myowntrueself Re:Voting for the right people (149 comments)

You gotta vote for people who will make it so

Oh, I am voting for such people alright. But the last couple of elections I was overruled by the inane majority, who consider the color of a candidate's skin more important, than his qualifications.

Our "affirmative action" President plays golf with big cable CEO(s), and the rest of his party is in the big media's pocket as well.

Meanwhile, the rank-and-file partisans are encouraged to hate the Kochs brothers...

Do you honestly believe that someone would be allowed to run for president of the USA who wasn't in big media's pocket?

5 days ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

myowntrueself Re: Thats Fair (158 comments)

Oh yeah let me see. I could use Amazon and pay $3 for an episode of Southpark or $15 to watch a movie, one time and if I want to watch it again I pay again. Yeah thats going to work out.

Amazon is shit compared to Netflix for anyone who is prepared to use torrents. I only use Netflix because its monthly cost per movie is insignificant and its more convenient than torrents.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

myowntrueself Re:You're a dipshit retard, Bennett Haselton. (622 comments)

Don't take naked pictures of yourself with an Internet-connected device. Don't transmit naked pictures of yourself through others' networks and store them on others' servers.

The victims did something stupid. Had they not done something stupid, they wouldn't be victims.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/13/...

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

myowntrueself Re:soooo..?.. (622 comments)

...don't blame the victim (which is generally a good policy) because their benefit/risk estimation wasn't erroneous? I don't want to blame Jennifer Lawrence (as she seems to want to blame all those cursed with natural interests) but that she would've normally seen a benefit to her actions doesn't seem to directly address blame in any sense. Perhaps this ethical argument requires a simpler "ipso facto" tacked on the end for us stupid folks which are missing the connection between benefit and blame.

I don't think its so much about blame, thats something thats really being made up by the victims. Its not 'blame' to point out that what someone did was obviously dumb and risky behavior.

The problem there is theres this culture that says the world should be safe and people shouldn't have to take any precautions and just wander through life without having to be careful in any way, that people should have a right to be stupid and unobservant and careless.

Me, I take the opposite view; only danger can keep you safe from harm.

about a week ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

myowntrueself Re:NO. This is not about "foreigners." (335 comments)

Parent AC here. Your point is well-taken, but you're also overlooking something: the foreign gov't *can* authorize search ("hacking") of those servers, even if it's a US citizen. If the foreign gov't allows it, then the Constitution is irrelevant: it's as if the foreign gov't did it and handed over the data to the US.

In short, it all comes down to legal agreements between gov'ts.

That would be the entire point of 'five eyes'; if one of the participating countries can't spy on its own citizens it can turn a blind eye to spying on those citizens by other participants in 'five eyes' and in return be given access to information thus obtained.

If you were in, say, Canada you can assume that the Australians, Brits, New Zealanders and USAians are spying the FUCK out of you and handing that data over to the Canadian authorities.

about two weeks ago
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Study Weighs In On the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony

myowntrueself Re:Reader's Digest Version (102 comments)

Eyewitnesses testimony is not nearly as accurate as one would have hoped.

Theres a lot of creativity involved in memory.

about two weeks ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

myowntrueself Re:Some would be well suited. (299 comments)

Right, so wait 4 years before hiring someone ex-military...

about two weeks ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

myowntrueself Re:Some would be well suited. (299 comments)

The problem the employer will have is when they get called back to active service and now your key personnel is gone. As I understand it this especially applies to USMC who are NEVER free from service and can be called back any time.

about two weeks ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

myowntrueself Re:Now sharing music is illegal? (171 comments)

I hate to be obvious, but in the U.S. at least, all "recent" music is subject to copyright protection unless the creator specifically places it into public domain (or it is so under law, like works of U.S. gov't employees). To distribute any such music at all you need a license.

this probably goes some way to explaining why virtually all music you are likely to hear in public places (bars, shops etc) is likely to be 'golden oldies'... I actually heard ELO playing from a restaurant the other day, and The Specials another time.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

myowntrueself Re:Netflix (184 comments)

You can only watch Corner Gas a few hundred times before it gets boring.

We have Just for Laughs. Canadian comedy is the best on the planet. Why would we need anything Americans make?

Comedy isn't hard mate, its not rocket appliances. Anyway just chill out its all just water under the fridge.

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

myowntrueself Re:Like LAME (270 comments)

Is there a better name for this "ship of Theseus" method?

How about Neurath's boat?

about a month ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

myowntrueself Re:biz.Nazi accident-prone (418 comments)

Naturally a disrespected & dis-satisfied COMCAST customer can simply take their money elsewhere. take away their profits ... they change or die. It's also accurate to observe among predators that if members of a pack suffer **accidents** assaulting some prey they then choose different prey. A broken limb here ... a bloodied snout there ... slashed eyeball someplace else; details don't matter. Negative re-enforcement adds up for any pack, jackles or biz-nazis. Any observant person can see this outcome; 'it's natures way of telling you somethings wrong.' And mother nature does such a fine job of teaching.

Comcast might be the only high speed internet available in many locations.

about a month ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

myowntrueself Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

A big chunk of Ukraine was part of Poland, the people there still speak Polish and self identify as Polish. Poland is part of the EU, therefore Ukraine should be part of the EU.

It all makes sense!

about 1 month ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

myowntrueself Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

1) It's not about defending ourselves from foreign invaders, so we have no business here, regardless of whether we think slightly better about the cunts in Moscow or the cunts in Kiev;

2) You're a fucking idiot if you interpret an arms reduction agreement as promise of military aid, and so was the Ukraine;

3) The US has been in full imperialism mode since the '40s. It is never a good time to invade the US;

4) The artificial creation of the Ukraine was the first problem;

5) The undemocratic overthrow of the Ukrainian government was the straw that broke the camel's back;

6) This doesn't make Russia's behaviour correct;

7) There is no correct behaviour.

That you refer to 'the Ukraine' shows that you are neither Russian nor Ukrainian and misinformed even about the name of that country.

about 2 months ago

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