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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

schneidafunk strange mod going on this thread (410 comments)

Feel free to mark this OT, it is. I'm just surprised by the mods on this thread. My comment was not meant to be offensive or trolling.

As an American, I find corporate tax evasion much more important ($337 billion a year).

Other comments further down are also modded very strangely, with people at -1 for saying the same exact thing as people with +3, +4, +5.

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

schneidafunk Re:Corporate taxes (410 comments)

Fair enough. As an additional note, according to this article it is costing the U.S. $337 billion dollars!

http://www.theguardian.com/new...

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

schneidafunk Corporate taxes (410 comments)

Let's fix the corporate tax evasion first please.

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

schneidafunk Re:The article is more extreme than the summary (795 comments)

First, I agree with you about philosophers being relatively useless (a bit harsh I suppose) compared to scientists. And science has been relatively established now so even discussing it philosophically has become redundant and as you pointed out, done more harm than good. The majority of my friends & family are in science fields actually doing research at universities (unlike me who is using my computer science education for selfish reasons). The few philosophy graduates I know all ended up becoming lawyers. So yea, I feel scientists are more useful to society than philosophers.

Anyway, the philosophy of science is exactly what I am talking about but I reached a much different conclusion. You said "It in NO WAY determines what science is or is not", whereas I would say that's exactly what exploring the foundations, methods, implications, and purpose of science is supposed to do. I'm a bit baffled how to even argue with your conclusion because I would have to take a bill clinton approach and start arguing the definition of 'is or is not'. I'm guessing you are going to argue that the results of science do not fall into the category of exploration, whereas I would disagree. Regardless, we are just arguing semantics and I have to get back to doing my work. :)

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

schneidafunk Re:The article is more extreme than the summary (795 comments)

Wrong, science as "natural philosophy" is an outdated concept from 17-19th century.

I never called it a natural philosophy, I said it was a branch of philosophy and it is.

Science now is considered outside the realm of philosophy.

Says who? Show me some proof.

The Latin degree names are just holdover, but you are free to imagine yourself in that quaint era.

Yes, it is old and it is still being used today. So you are willing to ignore that every scientist who invested in their education has a doctorate of philosophy in their title as evidence that science is a part of philosophy.

Well then let's define philosophy.
"Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.[1][2] Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument.[3] In more casual speech, by extension, "philosophy" can refer to "the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group".[4]

The word "philosophy" comes from the Ancient Greek (philosophia), which literally means "love of wisdom"."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

Science is the "the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.". So science is a subset of philosophy because it is a more specific way of 'the study of general and fundamental problems' than philosophy, which is not so rigid.

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

schneidafunk Re:AGW (795 comments)

I agree, I just want to add that I believe the last part of the scientific process, confirming results, needs more attention. We should have more confirming experiments when possible. For example, why did it take so long to discover male researchers were effecting lab rats? http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04...

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

schneidafunk Re:AGW (795 comments)

I totally agree, but just wanted to add the 'confirming results' part is usually done through peer-review & hopefully additional confirmation experiments. This last step I believe needs more attention.

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

schneidafunk Re:The article is more extreme than the summary (795 comments)

I agree. I started skimming after hearing that he dismissed psychological experimentation, which in my viewpoint is one of the most exciting fields around. Living with a cognitive science PHD scientist was an eye opening experience. And contrary to the author's opinion (with what credentials?) they are taking real evidence in their experiments, such as saliva samples, heart rate readings, etc.

about a month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

schneidafunk Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

I respectfully disagree. The obvious counter-example is Nazi Germany & Imperial Japan. Ignoring them or peace protests would have been pointless, the solution was regime change through violence. And now Germany and Japan are allies with the countries that destroyed them.

As for Israel? The peace treaties that exist have been created through violence, such as Egypt & Jordan. And the current 'peace' in Gaza is because Israel utterly devastated Hamas (and the civilian population) after they continuously launched rockets into Israel (from civilian areas), every single day for months until Israel finally responded.

Do you honestly think a hunger strike or peace protest would dissolve ISIS?

about a month ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

schneidafunk Money (131 comments)

There are large corporations such as google & netflix that spent money lobbying as well. Does anyone know the amount of lobbying money spent for both sides of the argument?

about a month ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

schneidafunk Re:Headlines (185 comments)

Good luck to you and thank you for sharing your story. I sincerely hope your wife stays cancer free and with the least amount of pain & side effects.

about 2 months ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

schneidafunk Headlines (185 comments)

This seems like an overly dramatized article based on one sentence. Obviously there's been progress in cancer treatments and some cures for specific cancers.

FTA: One strategy might be to against these cells. Yervoy, a drug that does just that, eliminated melanoma in — and counting. An infusion of Yervoy and a similar drug, nivolumab, has kept some lung cancer patients disease-free for about six years so far. "Their cancer hasn't come back yet. It might never come back," Ben Creelan, an oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center. "I think it's the most exciting thing in decades."

about 2 months ago
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California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought

schneidafunk Re:Science is hard (420 comments)

Yes, consider the fact that most energy produced is from steam power. Coal burning plants & nuclear power plants are just complex steam creators. It seems like they could be combined into both electric & water production plants.

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

schneidafunk Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (1198 comments)

First, I am very sorry to hear about your mother. I hope you and your family are healing from that terrible tragedy. However, I feel that the justice system is meant to be impartial and I'm not sure if victims relatives should have any weight on the punishment of the crime. Imagine the reverse, where a victim is pushing for the death penalty and there are factors which would make an impartial jury give something less... for example a drunk driving accident.

about 6 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

schneidafunk Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (1198 comments)

Your definition of revenge is my definition of justice in this case, because society at large is OK with it and not just the victim's relatives.

"Justice—as logically, legally, and ethically defined—isn’t really about “getting even” or experiencing a spiteful joy in retaliation. Instead, it’s about righting a wrong that most members of society (as opposed to simply the alleged victim) would agree is morally culpable. And the presumably unbiased (i.e., unemotional) moral rightness of such justice is based on cultural or community standards of fairness and equity. Whereas revenge has a certain selfish quality to it"

about 6 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

schneidafunk Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (1198 comments)

'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' does not mean you get to rape & kill without punishment. That is what this guy did and his punishment was justified in my opinion.

about 6 months ago

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Russia has given Ukrainian forces a deadline of 3am before launching an assault

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 8 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: Russia has reportedly given Ukrainian forces in Crimea a deadline of 3am on Tuesday to surrender or face military action after troops seized key strategic sites in the peninsula.

The ultimatum came from Alexander Vitko, commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, which has a base in Crimea where Russian forces are now in control.

According to Russia's Interfax agency, it reads: "If they do not surrender before 5am (3am UK time) tomorrow, a real assault will be started against units and divisions of the armed forces across Crimea.""

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Decentralized encrypted online data storage to thwart spying

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 8 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: About a year ago, Lissounov joined a hackathon sponsored by his employer, BitTorrent Inc., a company that seeks to transform the peer-to-peer protocol into a legitimate means of file-sharing for both consumers and businesses, and in a matter of hours, he slapped together a new BitTorrent tool that let him quickly and easily send encrypted photos of his three children across dodgy Eastern European network lines to the rest of his family. The tool won first prize at the hackathon, and within a few more months, after Lissounov honed the tool alongside various other engineers, the company delivered BitTorrent Sync, a Dropbox-like service that lets you seamlessly synchronize files across computers and mobile devices."
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Federal review board says NSA phone data collection program is illegal

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 9 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: An independent board tasked with reviewing National Security Agency surveillance called Thursday for the government to end its mass data collection program and "purge" its files, declaring the program illegal in a major challenge to President Obama."
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NSA cannot legally snoop on telecommunications during flights

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 10 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA:
Glenn Greenwald Says NSA, GCHQ Dismayed They Don't Have Access To In-Flight Internet Communication.

what's holding the agencies back is likely a lack of justification for patching up this hole in its collections. The metadata being generated may not be protected by the Fourth Amendment, but there's no simple way to collect and minimize this very mobile form of domestic communication. International flights would perhaps provide some leeway for collection...

Playing the "national security" card is a non-starter. To claim potential terrorists are using in-flight connections to communicate without fear of surveillance is to call into question the skills of those providing security on the ground, putting the DHS in the awkward position of explaining why its TSA agents are allowing suspected terrorists to board planes."

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Google patents an electronic throat tattoo

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: Google-owned Motorola Mobility has filed for a patent, published last week, for a system "that comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body."

The patent says the tattoo would communicate with smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and wearable tech like Google Glass via a Bluetooth-style connection and would include a microphone and power source."

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Onion sale in India causes Groupon website to crash

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA:

Groupon, which offers deeply discounted deals on everything from restaurant meals to shoes and watches, offered onions at 9 rupees or about 15 cents a kilogram. Onions can now cost up to 100 rupees a kilogram in India, where much of the population uses the vegetable in almost every meal.

Food prices have spiked across India due to supply shortages, a depreciating rupee and increased inflation. As a result, the average price of a kilogram of onions has more than tripled in the past two months.

On Thursday, Groupon sold 3,000 kilograms of onions in 44 minutes, causing the website to crash. More than 8,000 kilograms were purchased when Groupon continued the sale on Friday before they sold out.

The website advertised the deal in a tongue-in-cheek manner, claiming, "people haven't experienced onions in a long, long time," and compared them to caviar and diamonds."

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Black boxes being installed in 96% of new cars

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "With the increasing use of computer electronics in cars, it makes sense to record as much data as possible. However, it seems that the only people making use of this information are investigators, as an incident with lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, Timothy Murray, demonstrated when he was caught lying about a crash. This article shows that 96% of new cars are being installed with black boxes, without the consumers knowledge."
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Ex-microsoft manager plans to create first U.S. marijuana brand

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "From the article: 'SEATTLE (Reuters) — A former Microsoft executive plans to create the first U.S. national marijuana brand, with cannabis he hopes to eventually import legally from Mexico, and said he was kicking off his business by acquiring medical pot dispensaries in three U.S. states.'

Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft corporate strategy manager, said he envisions his Seattle-based enterprise becoming the leader in both recreational and medical cannabis — much like Starbucks is the dominant name in coffee, he said."

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Ask Slashdot: What would make slashdot a better website?

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "A lot of people have been complaining today about the annoyance of ROT13. Also, there have been frequent spamming in the posts and it is dominating (or at least influencing) many conversations. What would you propose to make the slashdot website & community better?"
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Antimatter's Magnetic Charge Revealed

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "The most precise measurement of antimatter was published yesterday at the American Physical Society and a summary article written here.

From the article: Gabrielse and his team captured individual protons and antiprotons in a trap created by electromagnetic fields that keep these particles suspended in one spot for several minutes, ensuring the two don't annihilate each other before measurements are made. For some of their experiments, the team turned to the extensive tunnels of the Geneva-based CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) laboratory, where antiprotons can be created in high-energy collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)...

By looking at the oscillations of the protons and antiprotons created, the scientists measured the size of the magnetic charge of both types of particles more accurately than ever before, boosting the precision of the antiproton measurement by a factor of 680."

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Patent troll Virnetx loses court battle to Cisco over VPN patent

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "VirnetX, a patent-licensing firm with 14 employees, has seen its stock price fall precipitously over the last 24 hours or so after it lost a major patent trial in Texas on Thursday. A jury there ruled that Cisco did not infringe VirnetX’s patents on virtual private networks (VPNs), and that the networking giant didn't have to pay $258 million in damages."
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