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Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

rsilvergun At the risk of being flammed into oblivion (141 comments)

I'll say I've found the IRS way easier to deal with then some of the other Creditors I've had. If my wages had kept pace with inflation and I got socialized medicine for my taxes instead of broken down buildings built by corrupt contractors in Iraq I wouldn't even have anything to complain about...

yesterday
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

rsilvergun I don't think it's technology (305 comments)

I think it's 30 years of declining wages. Half of all Americans live paycheck to paycheck. We're too busy trying to keep ourselves afloat to worry about anyone else, which is probably the whole point.... Keeps us at each other's throats :(.

yesterday
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

rsilvergun You might do a disservice (212 comments)

but hey, free project management? Sign me up!

Seriously though, I am seeing more and more companies pushing to get more productivity out of their work force in an effort to keep the stock price where they need it....

2 days ago
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Seattle Bookstores Embrace Amazon.com

rsilvergun Care to elaborate? (83 comments)

I'm genuinely curious. If they're doing the whole "Hire Contractors to dodge taxes" thing that really only works for a few of the most undesirable jobs (auto part runners come to mind) where they can take advantage of ex cons. For anything else sooner or later the IRS notices and drops the hammer.

3 days ago
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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

rsilvergun It wasn't profit (117 comments)

They over estimated the cost of GDDR5. You can only lose so much money on your console, and Microsoft has lost massive amounts for 2 generations.

They thought the price of GDDR5 was going to be so high they console would sell for more than people could pay. Remember the $799 3DO? No. There's your answer.

They tried to make up for it by putting 64 megs of high speed on die cache, but again screwed up. The cache was expensive and took up space on the CPU die that Sony used for more Cuda cores.

So yeah, it was a money decision, but it wasn't about profit, it was about making a console people could afford. Both companies guessed, and Microsoft guessed wrong.

4 days ago
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The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

rsilvergun Just out of curiosity (107 comments)

is there anyone here that is in favor of, or will even defend the rights to do this merger?

What I like is, when this goes through with almost universal opposition it'll be just one more reminder of how little power we here in America all have...

4 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

rsilvergun Anyone else notice (243 comments)

when people started saying "For Playstation, XBox and Steam" though? It's practically a platform in itself. Kinda like how people called video games "The Nintendo" back in the day.

I have to admit, I like the convenience of Steam. With my Gog copy of Shadow Warrior I've got to patch it up every time I install. My Steam games auto patch themselves.

4 days ago
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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

rsilvergun I don't think so... (75 comments)

Yeah, that Mozilla guy stepped down, but there aren't a lot of real consequences to that (save for him being out an easy paycheck ).

Take a look at Occupy Wall Street. That was a real movement with real impact. It was also systematically (and very effectively) shut down before it accomplished anything :(.

5 days ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

rsilvergun You're not cynical enough (578 comments)

they full well understand. They're counterbalancing the well being of that 50 year old coal miner against the enormous wealth they consider their birthright. For the nicer ones if they can keep the enormous wealth and let the coal miner do ok so much the better, and for a few of the nasty ones they're looking forward to the cheaper labor that coal miner and his peers entering the workforce will create...

5 days ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

rsilvergun Whew! (236 comments)

Had me going there. For a minute I thought there might be some discussion that the people running GM might somehow be at fault. Thankfully they are blameless as always, and have rooted the true culprits in the form those dastardly engineers.

Seriously though, I'm tired of being told that it's OK for these people to be super super rich because of all the value they add and the risks they take, when $#@! like this keeps happening and they never once take a hit. I know it's how ruling classes work and all, but it still sucks...

5 days ago
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Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

rsilvergun There's no one I would call progressive today (133 comments)

Except Maybe Alan Grayson, and it's all he can do to hold onto his seat. Back when the health care debate was raging he pointed out that the right wing's answer was If you get sick, die quick. They moved in with so much money he lost his seat, and since they own the media they also stopped covering anything he said.

I don't have anything to compare to. Anyone who is even remotely progressive just gets destroyed...

5 days ago
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Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

rsilvergun Re:This is how America ceases to be great (133 comments)

Actually we're the only country that wasn't blasted into the stone age during WWII. For a brief period of time fear of communists stealing factories kept off-shoring at bay (ironically it Marx used to warn that capital flowing to where labor was cheapest was a problem). A small group of progressives dragged the rest of our country out of the uncivilized mess it was mired in (the American South didn't exactly go along with the the whole Civil Rights thing quietly, and lately they've been pushing voter suppression hard).

I hate to say it, but I wouldn't so much as call us 'great' as I would very lucky. For most Americans prosperity was a temporary blip on the radar they're watching fade away...

about a week ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

rsilvergun That's crazy talk (322 comments)

are you suggesting that an issue might not be simple, and that simple common sense, gut feelings and ideology might not produce the best results?

I kid, I kid, but good post. I guess what I wish people would take away is that the world is a complex place and we really have to think about what we're doing, why we're doing it. There's no magic set of principles that will get us to the right answer :(.

about a week ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

rsilvergun Meh, money is freedom (322 comments)

I'm always hearing how my personal privacy is the most important freedom I've got, meanwhile my wages have been declining for 30 years. You never hear the Koch brothers complaining about their personal privacy. How much do you know about them? What do you suppose would happen to you if you tried to find out?

Money is freedom. Economic security is freedom. You're not free so long as somebody can deprive you of food/shelter/health care/etc.

about a week ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

rsilvergun Um, I already get that (322 comments)

my company monitors everything I do and say when I'm at work. Most do. If you think yours doesn't you're either kidding yourself or working for yourself.

And why should you have an expectation of privacy regarding anything you do while you're on the job that pertains to the job?

about a week ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

rsilvergun Re:Hotel tax = soak the non-voting visitors. (319 comments)

You also want to encourage businesses to build and maintain permanent housing for your residence so at least a few people can live without 4 hour daily commutes.

about two weeks ago
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GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

rsilvergun Lots of reasons (145 comments)

The most common one is the company still has a lot of good employees, and the buyer wants those.

Another common reason is that if the company has good credit you can buy them, borrow a bunch of money, pay yourself consultancy fees from the borrowed money and then let the company go bankrupt. It's called "Vulture Capitalism".

It also works if a company owns a lot of property. The sci-fi pulp magazines went out of business in the 80s because their distributor got bought out when somebody noticed they were sitting on a bunch of property that was undervalued. They bought 'em, sold the property and shut down the business, leaving the pulp mags without a distributor.

Sometimes too the companies have a bunch of money from investors and it's use it or lose it time. I think Facebook is here, and that's why they bought out Occulus Rift.

And occasionally it's just because the company is over valued. HP is currently in a lot of hot water with their stock holders for spending several billion on a company that was massively over valued.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

rsilvergun You use the Internet (244 comments)

you need to upgrade. Sooner or later one of the poorly policed ad networks will serve you up a virus. I run some ads off my home page to pay for hosting/etc and I stick to google's ads because so far every site I browse has been shut down at least once when their ad networks served up a virus. Angry Nintendo Nerd, Spoony Experiment, Something Positive. All of them. Heck, I think even Penny Arcade's been nailed.

It's not a matter if if, it's when. Which is why I'm posting from Win 7 today :(...

about two weeks ago

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Law firm offers H1B Visa Hiring How-To Guide

rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "A Law firm has taken to running symposiums on how to skirt the law regarding H1B Visas. Companies in the United States are required to seek qualified local labor before applying for and receiving an H1B Visa to hire abroad. Slashdotters have always suspected these shenanigans, but here we have documented proof. Have you experienced a job interview where you knew they didn't want to hire you? What recourse do we have in these situations?"
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Simple data transfer for my Family?

rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "As the family tech, I'm often stuck transferring data from old to new computers. These days, the process can take hours, what with gigs of mp3s, avis and jpegs. What I want is disk imaging software that makes autorunning dvds that prompt to extract the image to a folder, and then prompt for each disk in the set. That way I can make them sort out the data instead of me. I've looked at solutions from Acronis, Runtime and even Norton, and every one of them is just too technical. What do /.'ers do when stuck with this chore?"
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rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "Director Uwe Boll, in a bid to silence critics, has taken 5 of them into the ring. This September five of Boll's critics agreed to enter the ring for the upcomming movie Postal. But what started as a pr stunt seems to have ended badly, with some contestants needing medical attention."

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