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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

reboot246 For the last time (323 comments)

Corporations do not pay taxes. They simply pass along the money from consumers to the government. Got it?

Raise the taxes for XYZ, Inc. and the price of their goods or services will go up accordingly.

4 days ago

US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

reboot246 Re:Easy to contain (119 comments)

At least you got the part about not bringing infected people back here correct. It's a mistake to do that. We will eventually have someone in this country who is infected with a mutated virus that spreads more easily than the current strain.

about a week ago

DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

reboot246 Re:Add genetic sequence for .... (228 comments)

Kopi luwak is very over-rated, and ridiculously priced. Give me a wet-hulled coffee from Sumatra any day. It's not the same as "wet-processed" coffee. It's a hundred times better.

Want better coffee than you can get from your local Charbucks? Buy the beans and roast them yourself. Then grind the beans right before you brew your coffee. You'll never look back.

about two weeks ago

Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

reboot246 Re:Hell no (363 comments)

He's smart, but that's not the same as being intelligent. I've known people who could ace just about any test, but were far from intelligent.

What is needed in someone who attempts to change the way history is learned is wisdom, a very rare trait nowadays. Gates has none of that.

about two weeks ago

Intel Unveils MICA "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" Smart Bracelet

reboot246 My, my, my (48 comments)

Why does every freaking thing related to computers and technology have to start with "My"?

Even urls are vulnerable. Every other ad I hear or see nowadays gives a url that starts with "My".

I'm blaming Microsoft for starting the idiocy with "My Computer".

Please stop the madness.

about two weeks ago

New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

reboot246 Re:Interesting, if optional (137 comments)

For now.

We're talking about the future when such devices become mandatory. Even a blind man can see it coming a mile away.

about two weeks ago

Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

reboot246 Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

Paid leave is what really irritates me.

Paid leave = paid vacation = reward.

Why reward somebody who is under investigation? Would your boss pay your salary if you were being investigated?

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

reboot246 Double-edged razor (635 comments)

I shaved with every new razor ever invented, starting years ago with a Gillette double-edged razor. A couple of years ago I was at Sam's Club looking to buy some replacement carts for my super-duper high tech razor, but the price was what we used to pay for a small car. I thought that there must be a better way.

So, I came home, got online and bought an old-fashioned double edge razor (actually two of them). They're both Merkur slants, a long handled one for home and a short handled one for traveling. Along with the razors I bought 100 Feather blades. The razors were reasonable and the blades were ten bucks. Blades of any brand are ridiculously cheap.

I've also started making lather the old fashioned way, using a brush and shaving soap, 1000 times better than anything out of a can.

All you need is a good lather and ONE sharp blade. I'll never go back to multiple disposable blades no matter what. I get baby-butt smooth shaves nearly every time with no nicks or razor burns. Try it.

about three weeks ago

US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

reboot246 US government recognizes no higher power (248 comments)

We've gone from "of the people, by the people, for the people" to "of the government, by the government, for the government".

It's both parties. All they care about is their own power. Sometimes I suspect that our elected politicians have less power than the entrenched bureaucrats. We've learned that we can't depend on the Supreme Court to make the right decisions. So what do we do? I'm open to any ideas.

Guillotines maybe?

about three weeks ago

How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

reboot246 Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

It wasn't aliens; it was bigfoot! Well, a bunch of bigfoots.

I know because Elvis told me . . . . yesterday.

about three weeks ago

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

reboot246 Re:In the south bay... (135 comments)

I'm in Alabama and we didn't feel a thing, nor do we care. :p

about a month ago

Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

reboot246 Re:But but... (74 comments)

But never, ever tell her she smells like fish.

about 1 month ago

How To Read a Microbiome Study Like a Scientist

reboot246 Re:? what's a (53 comments)

Aha! That's the problem. Buy something other than an Apple product. :)

about 1 month ago

The Benefits of Inequality

reboot246 It's human nature (254 comments)

In any group of people some are going to be better at some tasks than others. We put value on those tasks depending on how much they're needed or wanted by society. In a society like we have today, doctors are more valuable than burger flippers so they're paid more. It's not always that simple, but that's the way we tend to perceive it.

True superiority is actually unifying. False superiority is where the problems come from. When the king (or democratically elected government) begins to believe that they are all-knowing and infallible, people are right to oppose them.

about a month ago

The Benefits of Inequality

reboot246 Re:Intellectually dishonest (254 comments)

Under Communism, man exploits man.

Under Capitalism, it's the other way round.

about a month ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

reboot246 It's not just Congress stealing you blind (327 comments)

It's the thousands of over-paid, under-worked bureaucrats who are damned near impossible to fire when they're caught being lazy or violating the law.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. If you're paid out of the taxes I pay and you're caught not doing your job (or committing a crime), you should not only be fired, you should lose your precious pension.

Don't play fast and lose with the public's trust.

about a month ago

Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

reboot246 I blame the Ancient Mariner (141 comments)

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

about a month and a half ago

Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

reboot246 There are exceptions (72 comments)

I practically live on the road and I stay in some pretty cheap places. Most of the time the wifi is fairly slow, but sometimes I'm surprised by how fast it is.

Right now I'm in a $43/night Scottish Inn in a small city in Tennessee and I'm getting over 14 Mbps downstream. Last month I stayed in a $45/night motel in Baldwin County Alabama and had close to 30 Mbps at times (averaged over 20). More than enough to read and post on slashdot.

The very worst motels for internet are Motel 6 and Super 8. When will the motel owners realize you can't share a dial-up connection?!?

A lot depends on the internet service available to the motel and how many people staying there are using it. Remember, a lot of motels, especially the lower priced ones, are owned by individuals, and their attitude towards technology determines how much importance they place on having fast internet for their customers. Some really don't care.

Also, let me take this opportunity to say "Hello!" to all my Patel friends.

about a month and a half ago

In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

reboot246 Re:It's obvious. (512 comments)

Wow! How could one person get so many things wrong? Go back to history class and this time pay attention.

Let me guess. You're either a Muslim or just an ignorant atheist.

about 2 months ago

Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

reboot246 Just a reminder (342 comments)

Congress consists of the House of Representatives AND the Senate.

Most people (even the politicians) have a habit of calling the House of Representatives "the Congress", but it's not. It's only half of Congress.

Right now we have different parties controlling the two halves. I kinda like it when they don't get much done. It's better to have no laws passed than bad laws getting passed.

So, when the House passes something nowadays, you can bet that the Senate won't pass it, nor will the President sign it.

about 2 months ago


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