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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

number6x Re: Umm, no. (187 comments)

Panama, Puerto Rico followed pretty much the same path as the Phillipines. It was a post Spanish-American war thing.

Every June my neighborhood is host to a huge Puerto Rican Independence festival, where all the descendants of Puerto Ricans come back to the old neighborhood and celebrate the end of their dependence from Spain.

I can't wait to see the party they'll throw when they are finally truly independent.

about two weeks ago

Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

number6x Re:Umm, no. (187 comments)

I discovered a prize in a box of cracker jacks, therefore I must have invented it.

about two weeks ago

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

number6x Re:Dude, wait... (681 comments)

If you were a Christian, you would have to blame God, not Isaac Newton. After all, to believers, it would be God who caused Isaac Newton to be born on Christmas day.

Christians often have problems blaming the wrong person for God's works. For example, blaming Galileo for the heliocentric solar system that God made. How dare God refuse to follow the doctrines of the Medieval church? Galileo did not make the planets orbit the sun, he merely observed it and described it. Or blaming Darwin for evolving all the species of the Earth through the process of natural selection. Darwin did not create all those different animals through the process of evolution, he merely observed it and described it. How dare God ignore the doctrine and belief of fundamentalist Christians?

As a christian, I was in no way offended when I saw the post last week. I thought it was a nice reminder.

about a month ago

Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

number6x Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

Not disagreeing with you over all, but the pull out of troops from Iraq was exactly on the schedule set by the Bush administration (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withdrawal_of_U.S._troops_from_Iraq)

Obama was pretty much locked in to keeping the troops there that long by the departing Bush admin. Obama would have had to re-negotiate the agreement with all the partners to keep the troops longer or to remove them prematurely. And negotiating things is like hard and stuff so you know the Dems weren't going to go there.

Both administrations have pretty much proven that we should have never set foot in Iraq after 9/11. Because we did, we will have to deal with the mess we created (and its consequences) for the next few decades.

about 3 months ago

James Bamford Releases DOJ Report On NSA Warrantless Wiretapping From 1976

number6x Re:England (54 comments)

Is there any place where storing documents would be considered safe at least from spying eyes?

Don't store them anywhere.

Just publish them. Never wait. Never hold them back.

There is no longer any benefit or protection afforded by not publishing. If you are accused of having anything, you are already guilty in the eyes of the security police.

Just publish and hope someone, somewhere cares about it.

about 4 months ago

Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

number6x Re:Nobody kills Java (371 comments)

Cobol had an ANSI standard object oriented implementation before C++ did. C++ was born as an object oriented language, but took a long time to publish an ANSI standard version. This does matter for certain industries who care about support and stability. That is part of the reason why banking, insurance and manufacturing industries still use 'dead' languages like COBOL and C so much more than other languages.

about 6 months ago

Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

number6x Re:Which raises the critical question: (415 comments)

vim! You are a reformed apostate!

How dare you split from the true path of vi? You might as well join be working for the forces of E.

about 7 months ago

Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

number6x Dam not Damn... (299 comments)

No, following the negative miracle is the correct order. The person whom the negative miracle was inflicted on is merely praying for the intercession of the divine being to stop the causing negative miracles. Literally, they are praying to God, asking God to 'dam' the flow of negative miracles.

So it is not cursing at all unless saying 'Hoover Dam' has become a curse.

Of course, many non-believers use a similar curse phrase that nay lead to confusion. The just and enlightened believers are merely praying for and end to the flood of negative miracles.

They should really be wondering what sins they have committed that lead to divine wrath being brought down upon them, and begin wallowing in guilt, powerless to act.

about 7 months ago

Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

number6x Re:Not a good sales pitch: (138 comments)

posting to undo a bad moderation

about 7 months ago

Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

number6x Re:This is so 1990s (132 comments)

Exactly! Without viewing the diffs, how would you know which config to choose? I don't want updates overwriting any of my custom configs. Then you have to spend time setting things back the way you want. By showing the diffs, you get to chosse to keep your config pr let the update re-set it.

about 8 months ago

AT&T's Gigabit Smokescreen

number6x And all this after we have paid them to do it... (129 comments)

AT&T has already been given Billions of dollars in tax incentives to deliver fiber optic cable based internet to your house.

According to the incentive plans these high speed internet connections should already be installed and functioning for pretty much every American at speeds averaging 45 Mbps upload and download. Every American taxpayer, that is not a provider of internet infrastructure, has taken on the burden of $2000.00 more in taxes in order to offset the incentives gives to AT&T and the baby bells.

Do you have your low cost, high speed fiber yet?

about 9 months ago

Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

number6x Re:But who uses Yahoo! mail? (83 comments)

Wow! whoever is moderating needs a sense of humor overhall. This is considered trolling?

about 9 months ago

Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

number6x Re:But who uses Yahoo! mail? (83 comments)

[conspiracy theory]

It's probably an easy way to connect email with phone numbers to help email message to phone message matching algorithms at the NSA.

[/conspiracy theory]

about 10 months ago

Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

number6x Re:WaPo still won't use word "torture" (207 comments)

Also the 'T' word: Terrorism.

The point of the torure and the extra judicial imprisonment beyond the norms of warfare is to spread terror and fear in those who are perceived as enemies. In other words, State Sponsored Terrorism.

It does not keep anyone safe. It creates and breeds more hatred and desire for revenge. It isolates the US from allies. It does the exact opposite of ending terroism. Torture is like throwing gasoline on the bonfire of terrorism.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

about 10 months ago

Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

number6x Re:There is no irony (282 comments)

Its like the Republic party, except Republics like elephants I think.

It does always sound like the person speaking has some kind of learning diasability when I hear the term 'democrat party' spoken. It could just be that english is not the speaker's first language.

about 10 months ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

number6x Re:Whatabout we demand equal time of our views ins (667 comments)

I'd rather have equal taxation for churches.


In the Bible, Christ preaches that his followers should pay their taxes. You know 'Render unto Rome what is Rome's...". I believe that fundamentalist christian churches should volutarily be paying taxes, even if the law does not require it.

After all the bible tells them to do it!

about 10 months ago

Speedy Attack Targets Web Servers With Outdated Linux Kernels

number6x Re:No Details (93 comments)

Age of the code and the level of patches are two different things

Older code has had more time for vulnerabilities to be found and patched.

Newer code is, well, newer and has had less time for vulnerabilities to be patched.

In general if you want to maximise vulnerability, run the oldest code, but apply no patches. The next most vulnerable general case would be to run the newest code because you are playing with untested fire and risking zero day exploits.

In production systems it is usually best to run code that is old enough to be stable, well tested and well patched.

There are counter examples when a long unknown exploit is discoverd, but the same kind of exploits could live in brand new code as well. However new code could contain some really simple exploits that will be patched pretty quickly. You don't want your production system to be the system opening up the tickets with support that find the exploit is the root cause. Because that means you've got to explain to your customers why their credit card numbers have all been stolen.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

number6x Carreers in tech (451 comments)

It is always a bad idea to try to tie yourself to any one corporation for a career in software technology. Any skills you have will be outdated very quickly and will require a constant treadmill od relearning how to do the same things with a new interface. Any technology skills that will serve you well over time are the ones that don't care what the particular vendor is.

Tech writing, testing, and business analysis are good choices if you lack programming skills, although all of these benefit from good programming backgrounds.

If you learn to program you should learn to program on Windows, Linux, Mac and Unix and never tie yourself to one platform. If you do you will need to constantly update your skills. You may end up working on only one architecture, but if you have the kind of basic skills that run accross a

If you do want a tech career that is tied to a corporation or vendor, get into the hardware side. Learn to service several manufacturer's models of photocopy machines and you will have a job for life. It also won't be outsourced. Regardless of where the machine is manufactured someone will have to be on-site in order to fix it. That is until they get so small they can be shipped to wherever to be fixed.

about a year ago

How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

number6x Re:But why wouldn't they? (288 comments)

Boards and directors due legally have a fiduciary responsibility to share holders. This is covered under countless laws like Sarbane Oxley and many others. This is, in a nutshell, a responsibility to report earnings and expenses completely and acurately. If the company is losing money or making money or just breaking even, the officers and leaders of the company are supposed to follow accepted accounting practices to record and report these things.

You are correct that there is no legal responsibility to maximize profits, but there are legal responsibilities that are fiduciary in nature.

In the US there are state and federal laws that do lay out fiduciary responsibilities for corporations, businesses, and companies. These legal responsibilities have almost nothing to due with what is happening here. They are kind of like laws that require you to drive responsibly when you get a driver's license. There are no laws requiring you to maximise your gas mileage, or to extend the life of your car as long as possible. These things may benefit you as an individual, but they are not legally required.

What this basically boils down to is that Apple is, technically, making almost no profit in Australia and so it pays almost no taxes in Australia. The 'profit' is taken elswhere.

As a hypothetical example, imagine a software company headquartered in California, Utah or Washington state USA. Imagine buyers of the software that live in Brisbane or Sydney Australia. Then imagine a magical Island that charges almost 0% tax on profits.

The hypothetical US software companies will set up subsidaries in Australia and in the magical island. The US software companies will transfer all of the intellectual property rights to the magical Island subsidiary. So the magical Island is the 'owner' of the software rights. The Australian purchaser pays $100.00 AU for a unit of software. The Australian subsidiary records $100.00 AU as net income. Of course the Australian subsidiary purchases the software from the magicle Isle and pays $99.99 Au for it. So the AU subsidiary makes 1 AU cent profit, and is only liable for taxes on that profit.

The software is made, under contract, in the US. The magical Island pays the US company $0.10 US for each unit. It costs the US company $0.09 US to make, so they also make very little taxable profit.

Where is the profit? Seemingly it is in the magical Island. However, what is magical about this island is its tax laws. The laws only require corporations there to pay taxes on sales that happen there!, so the Australian sale does not count towards taxable profits on the magical Island.

All of this is perfectly legal and acceptable under the laws of the countries involved. The reason Austrailia was able to follow the money and figure this out is because these companies are not skirting the law and are fulfilling their legally mandated fiduciary responsibilities. They follow standard accounting practices and record all of these things accurately as required by law.

about a year ago

Wolfram Language Demo Impresses

number6x sparse is good, but (216 comments)

Sparse coding is good, but can become 'obfuscated' code pretty quickly. Wolfram has a lot of experience in data analysis and mathematical calculations this seems to be great for jobs along those lines.

This looks like it could be a great tool for certain needs, but not a general purpose tool.

about a year ago



OIN Posts details of Microsoft Patents (TomTom)

number6x number6x writes  |  more than 5 years ago

number6x (626555) writes "LinuxDevices.com is reporting that OIN, the Open Invention Network, is posting the details of three of the eight patents used by Microsoft in the Tom Tom suit asking for prior art. These patents cover aspects of the FAT file system.

OIN CEO Kieth Bergelt believes that these three patents are of tenuous validity and will probably not survive a review. Bergelt is quoted as saying

"...that there's a good chance that the USPTO may well invalidate the three FAT filesystem patents before that. In fact, he said, the decision could occur as early as the fourth quarter."


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number6x number6x writes  |  more than 7 years ago

number6x writes "The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for volunteers for a simulated trip to Mars. The simulation will put a crew of six in isolation for 17 months. The crew will be made up of 4 Russians and 2 Europeans. In all the ESA will need 12 volunteers for back up purposes.

Seventeen months was chosen to simulate the time needed for the journey to Mars and back, as well as a 30 period spent doing experiments on the red planet."

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