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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

secret_squirrel_99 Re:If you tax the rich, they'll leave (255 comments)

What we are talking about is an article that combines fifteen years of tax deductions in order to put that magic "B" in the title to get people excited....

What w'ere really talking about is a standard accounting practice in the purchase of ANY business. The asset and liabilities columns have to total to the same in any balance sheet. When the purchase price exceeds assets, an imaginary asset called goodwill is added. There is nothing unusual in any way at all about this.

about 3 months ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

secret_squirrel_99 Re:It should be (364 comments)

People who do 56 MPH on the Interstates should get the chair.

Agree, in fact anyone doing under 70, or under 85 in the left hand lane should be summarily executed

about 5 months ago

Big MOOC On Campus: Georgia Tech's $6,600 MS In CS

secret_squirrel_99 Re:Education and Profitability (163 comments)

No one gets a law degree in IP--that sounds like you don't know what you are talking about.

Except when they do. It took me less than a minute to find a law degree from a very legitimate university with a concentration in IP law
I'm sure with a little more time, it would be no challenge to find others.

about a year and a half ago

Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

secret_squirrel_99 Re:Should run on Win7 (953 comments)

Except this isn't a medical device. Its practice management and it isn't FDA certified, nor does it require certification

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Evacuate a Network

secret_squirrel_99 Re:Triage and Labels (331 comments)

A huge waste of time. He has 6 servers. 6. It would be far simpler, and probably cheaper to boot, to just host them, at Rackspace or some other hosting facility that is not in a disaster prone area. The workstations should not contain data and so can be safely abandoned. If you wish to pack them up and move, unless they're quite high end, laptops and docking stations solve this problem quite easily as well.

more than 2 years ago

NewEgg: Installing Linux Breaks Laptop

secret_squirrel_99 Re:Unit cannot be resold as received? (518 comments)

Did she make it clear in her initial call that she was returning it for a hardware defect,

Sadly it doesn't seem to matter. I recently got the exact same explanation when they refused the RMA of a motherboard. ASUS had already determined that it was defective. I had the ASUS case number and provided it. We can't resell it, therefore we won't accept it. A quick call to American Express to challenge the charge solved the problem, but NewEgg Customer Service sucks.

more than 2 years ago

Judge to Oracle: A High Schooler Could Write rangeCheck

secret_squirrel_99 Re:A high schooler? (478 comments)

It is an exact 1:1 copy. Google is screwed.

Oracle still needs to show damages, they have none, or that Google created by virtue of this copying, a commercial advantage. Again there is none. End result, they copied a trivial function rather than spending 5 minutes writing it. Its a non-issue.

more than 2 years ago

Judge to Oracle: A High Schooler Could Write rangeCheck

secret_squirrel_99 Re:A high schooler? (478 comments)

To tell you the true, this gives us a clear hint about Oracle's future.

SCO did exactly the same thing in the past - but, honestly, I think SCO's lawyers did a better job.

In what way? Oracle is the 2nd biggest software house on the planet, the clear leader in several verticals and makes and/or sells literally hundreds of products. Which of these things in even a remote way, describes SCO?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Building A Server Rack Into a New Home?

secret_squirrel_99 Re:42U - Go Big or Go Home (402 comments)

Where do you find a $400 42U rack? All I see new are over $1000.

Craigslist. You can find used good condition cabinets from major manufacturers for 200.00 or so pretty much any time you look.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Book For 11-Year-Old Who Wants To Teach Himself To Program?

secret_squirrel_99 Head First (525 comments)

I'll skip the Python/Ruby/Java/Whatever debate, and throw in my 2 cents for the head first series of books. They have a ton of them for every common language as well as a variety of other topics. They're written at a beginner level, aren't insulting and are really alot of fun. The combine all sorts of exercises and gimicky little games to make a more immersive experience, and it really does work.
They're published by Oreilly which gives them all the credibility they should need, but they are written at a level that a novice, even a child can learn from and have enough content, that an experienced reader can likewise expect to learn something

more than 2 years ago

Student Charged For Re-selling Textbooks

secret_squirrel_99 Re:College now days is more about profit now days (489 comments)

Don't people use photocopiers anymore?
no, they grab a torrent of the PDF of the book. I can find and download most textbooks in less time that it take you to walk to the copier. Most students can do it faster than that.

more than 2 years ago

Student Charged For Re-selling Textbooks

secret_squirrel_99 Re:Uh, Have You Heard of Distribution Channels? (489 comments)

there are distribution channels and contracts that prevent someone in

This isn't a contractual issue. This is a copyright issue. No one is claiming breach of contract. Furthermore, the defendant in this case never entered into any sort of contract with the publisher. He purchased books on the open market and resold them on the open market. The plaintiffs are claiming copyright infringement. This should be a clear cut example of the first sale doctrine, and should have never gotten beyond a district court.

more than 2 years ago

Former Goldman Programmer's Conviction Overturned

secret_squirrel_99 Re:Shouldn't be legal to use in the first place. (182 comments)

Um, gambling IS illegal. Unless you're in Las Vegas. Or an Indian Tribe or a state running lotteries (which really pay a tiny pittance to schools.)

Or you know, any other state except Utah. 49 of the 50 states have some form of legalized gambling including 19 that allow commercial casinos, and many others that have reservation casinos.

more than 2 years ago

Why Do Companies Backup So Infrequently?

secret_squirrel_99 Re:To Tape... (403 comments)

You're missing the point

The most common reason for needing a restore, is accidental deletion.

It is, but the most common use for tape is compliance, Many companies, and all public companies have compliance issues, SarBox, HIPAA, GLB, etc. Most require data retention of many years. In some medical settings as much as 21 years. Do you want to keep that all on spinning disks? or on CHEAP tape sitting in a box at Iron Mountain? In my environment, and that of many large companies, we no longer measure terrabytes, except at the individual database level. We manage several petabytes.

disk based solutions are operationally ideal. Thats why products like Avamar and Data Domain do so well. But for large, long term, low access, storage, tape is still king.

more than 3 years ago

Two New Fed GPS Trackers Found On SUV

secret_squirrel_99 Re:Police Ssurveillance (761 comments)

Congratulations you just discovered a LoJack transmitter in your car.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Lets Students Rent Digital Textbooks

secret_squirrel_99 Re:Bad idea (174 comments)

I'd be curious, did you author or co-author any of the textbooks that you use? When I was at university, particularly at graduate level this was quite common. So while there might not be kickback per-se there is quite an incentive to use those books that one has written. An while you could argue that the author is receiving just compensation for his work, I'd argue that all or most of that work was funded by the same university whose students now need to purchase overpriced textbooks.

OK, so I re-read your note and see "The best thing is if faculty write books and make them free online. I've done that. " Kudos to you. You unfortunately are in a small minority

more than 3 years ago

Can For-Profit Tech Colleges Be Trusted?

secret_squirrel_99 Re:Non-Profit? (557 comments)

True, but in that case, being not-for-profit is little more than a status that exists for tax purposes.

Not just in this case, in EVERY case. The only difference between for profit, and non-profit is accounting rules.. period.
All business exist to make money. The only question is what to do with the profits, either return to your investors or spend to further your mission.

more than 3 years ago

News Corp Will Charge For Newspaper Websites

secret_squirrel_99 Re:Another smart move from the movers and shakers. (453 comments)

Well, the Wall Street Journal is a good paper though, read by people who have money to spend.

More to the point they print news that isn't commonly available elsewhere, targeted to a demo that has money and is willing to pay for specialized information. The same isn't really true for most other papers. They may have some unique local stories, but most of what is available in one newspaper is universally available for free. I read the Philadelphia Inquirer and its online version at philly.com as a habit, but other than local sports stories, I could get all of the same news from a similar paper from New York, Washington or Boston.. why would I pay?

more than 5 years ago

Bohemian Rhapsody On Old Hardware

secret_squirrel_99 Re:Takedown?-- um No (137 comments)

because 2 million dollars for a single song is cruel and unusual punishment.

While I agree that it is ridiculous, your argument is factually incorrect. The eighth amendment deals specifically with criminal punishment. Copyright infringment and the associated penalties are civil matters

more than 5 years ago

When Teachers Are Obstacles To Linux In Education

secret_squirrel_99 Re:You must be young, to be so sure of yourself (1589 comments)



but if I say "I'll sell you my email for $1" and you say "OK, here's $1" and I hit the "forward" button, then "property" has been exchanged.

The law recognizes two kinds of property, real property and chattels. Your email is neither. What you've done is provided a service, or charged a fee for access to data. The data itself is not chattel. It can be protected by copyright, or possibly trademark, but it in no way constitutes chattel.

If a burglar breaks into my house and starts erasing my emails and I shoot him claiming he was destroying my "valuables", no DA will press charges, at least not around here.

Wrong again. You'll be spending quite sometime becoming intimate with your cellmate, even if you live in some backwater town in Texas. You do not have the right to use force in excess of the threat to your person, or that of other persons, and shooting an unarmed burglar without the threat of imminent harm, is a one way ticket to Federal Bang you in the ass prison.

more than 6 years ago



secret_squirrel_99 secret_squirrel_99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

secret_squirrel_99 (530958) writes "Unlike salamanders, humans and other mammals are generally thought to be incapable of true regeneration — growing a new organ or limb when one has been lost entirely. But yesterday, University of Pennsylvania dermatologists announced they had indeed performed this feat of biological renewal, regrowing complex "mini-organs" that are of pressing interest to millions of older men: the follicles that produce hair. The researchers, who are publishing their findings today in the journal Nature, said that by carefully cutting out patches of skin in mice, they awakened a genetic pathway that normally remains dormant after embryonic development. The shallow wounds stimulated new hair growth even though the follicles had been removed; the process worked especially well when researchers artificially boosted levels of a special signaling protein, senior author George Cotsarelis said. The whole article can be found at: http://www.philly.com/philly/health_and_science/20 070517_At_Penn__the_research_is_hair-raising__posi tively.html"


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