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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

sociocapitalist Re:The implications could be dire (182 comments)

http://uk.reuters.com/article/...

We've seen the US go to war from much less "evidence". Can you say "WMD in Iraq"?

Iraq of course being a more profitable target, not stuck right up against China and not having as a leader 'The one Daddy let get away'.

4 days ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

sociocapitalist bah (182 comments)

Where is Team America when you really need them?

4 days ago
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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

sociocapitalist hmmm (137 comments)

Kind of have to wonder Microsoft et al have other motives (than protecting users) for not wanting the US to be able to get at data stored overseas.

If the US gubberment can get user data stored overseas, it could then perhaps expect to get corporate tax related data stored overseas.

about a week ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

sociocapitalist Re:How far will it go? (191 comments)

ok, so he can take comfort that he can blame a piece of metal for the accident rather than taking personal responsibility. if i had a car with a big honking A pillar, I would tilt my head a little to make sure there were no cars (or people) there before proceeding.

He does take responsibility for it jerky - I am saying that the A frame can get in the way of visibility.

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

sociocapitalist Re:Traffic Furniture (596 comments)

Yes, this works extremely well in Berkeley too. There are neighborhoods on both sides of Ashby (hwy 13) and along various other routes, but the streets are relatively quiet because traffic furniture either prevents entry from Ashby or directs the flow such that there's no point using them for the commute. And they don't inconvenience the residents either. For a resident or for local travel, entering and exiting only adds a few seconds. For a commuter, trying to use residential streets just doesn't work.

The barriers seem to be favored over speed bumps. Over the years the speed bumps have been made softer (15 mph bumps now instead of 5 or 10 mph bumps), and are generally concentrated only in areas that simply cannot be blocked off for fire and other safety reasons.

-Matt

None of which is noted by Waze or other GPS apps that are going to direct people through your streets just the same.

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

sociocapitalist Re:Zoning laws are tyranny (596 comments)

Zoning laws prevent you from doing what you want with your property... They are evil ...

Yes, because every individual's property is an island unto itself and totally disconnected from the properties and community around it. People should be able to do anything they want on/with their own property because, you know, fuck everyone else. /sarcasm

Communist

(joking)

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

sociocapitalist Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (596 comments)

App or no app, traffic in cities and suburbs is something that is going to need to be dealt with somehow. Cities like Boston or New York at least have a workable public transit system to keep some cars off the roads. LA is totally different -- it was built around cars and is only now getting a very small set of public transit choices. Buses do nothing when they're stuck in the same traffic everyone else is. Whenever I go to California for work (either northern or southern,) it amazes me how much people put up with to live there. I would go nuts spending 2 hours doing a 10 mile trip each direction every day.

Some trends are encouraging from a traffic perspective, but maybe not from a demographic one. Younger people aren't buying suburban houses and having big families the way they used to, so it's possible cities will become denser like they are in Europe. The big thing that has to stop, especially in mid-size cities, is the suburban sprawl. The ability to expand for miles in every direction directly contributes to messy traffic problems. Urban planners need to look into reclaiming hollowed-out cities and first ring suburbs, and getting people to move back into them.

Add dedicated bus lanes and dedicated bike lanes and motivate people to stop being so fucking lazy.

about a week ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

sociocapitalist Re:How far will it go? (191 comments)

+1 insightful. People aren't running over pedestrians due to nefarious overly-wide A pillars; they're running over pedestrians because they're not paying attention and are talking on their phones and are more concerned with looking for a break in traffic so they can gun it through the intersection so they just run over people. it's ultimately because people are selfish. that's why when I'm a pedestrian I carry a "deterrent".

No - I work with someone who is very serious about life and work and he recently had a significant (his car totaled) accident at an intersection because the car arriving from his right was hidden by the right front A-pillar until they were too close for him to stop.

In this country (France), if there are no signs to the contrary one must yield to traffic coming from the right. Regardless of how idiotic this may be, it is the law here and my colleague was held to be responsible for the accident.

about a week ago
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Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

sociocapitalist Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (122 comments)

When people get their panties in a twist about how much "wealth" the Walton family has it just shows they don't understand what wealth is.

Their "wealth" is paper. They could be worth X millions one day and X - a butt load of money the next. It has no impact on how much they can spend at lunch or whether they get the premium cable package or the standard. It's not cash. They'd have to sell or take out loans against their shares if they wanted to go buy a Private Jet or something like that.

So the fact they are worth a few billion in paper doesn't diminish your pay check at all.

Cash is also 'paper' and wealth doesn't need to be cash anyway.

That being said, they probably also have more cash on hand than the lower half of Americans combined as well.

about a week ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

sociocapitalist Re:Sounds like they should ban the cabbies (295 comments)

That's what they would do if they had a functioning police department or legal system in France, but they haven't had that for many years. You might remember that they had a plague of thugs setting cars on fire a year or so ago, and the cops didn't even try to arrest any of them.

-jcr

2888 people arrested over the 20 nights:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2...

about a week ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

sociocapitalist Re:Sounds like they should ban the cabbies (295 comments)

It is like you don't even know France... Obstructing traffic is against the law, but also a thing that happens routinely as a part of demonstations. Usually it is farmers though.

The reason it is common, is that the French government routinely caves in to the demands of whomever throws the biggest tantrum, and the French voters routinely support the appeasement. In America, causing disruption and chaos is the best way to lose public sympathy for your cause. In France it is the best way to get it.

You mean like this?
"Paris bans UberPOP as taxi drivers stage protest"
http://www.france24.com/en/201...

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

sociocapitalist Re:Tech angle? (878 comments)

I know that sometimes on Slashdot, we get 'stuff that matters,' but can't we at least talk about the police drones involved in the situation? Or even that Uber is reportedly charging users a minimum $100 to get out of Sydney CBD. At least attempt to make it seem relevant please?

Uber is probably going to be irrelevant before long as they're being banned in more an more countries. France just announced that Uber will be banned starting in the new year.

about a week ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

sociocapitalist Re:SONY breaking the law (yet again) (190 comments)

The interesting thing is that, if they are using outsourced servers strategically located in Asia to avoid the long arm of the law, that people should be able attack those same servers and do pretty much anything they want to them without fear of consequences. Being beyond the law is a double edged sword, and I personally would not bet against all the hackers on the Internet in that fight...

Yes Japan and Singapore are so well known for being lawless.

about two weeks ago
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"Lax" Crossdomain Policy Puts Yahoo Mail At Risk

sociocapitalist crap coding (49 comments)

Of all the email front ends that I have ever used, I have nothing but slowness and crashes from Yahoo no matter what platform I'm on.

Anyone else having this experience?

about two weeks ago
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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

sociocapitalist Re:This might alienate anti-ISI* Muslims. (225 comments)

One of the religious prohibitions in Islam is making war with fire.

If this is used it will be interesting to see the effects on recruiting by the Islamic State and other anti-US organizations among those Muslims who are currently either opposed to them or unaligned.

Also: How do you keep a 30 kW laser, at any frequency, from blinding everybody in the general direction of the target? The last I heard, weapons that blind are banned by the current "laws of war" as recognized by the western powers - and that's been the major impeidment so far to deploying laser (and other directed energy) weapons. Has something changed? Or did the current administration just decide to play with the new toy despite past promises to the other kids?

There's fire in exploding gunpowder or explosives already so I doubt this would be any more forbidden.

"Blinding as an incidental or collateral effect of the legitimate military employment of laser systems, including laser systems used against optical equipment, is not covered by the prohibition of this Protocol."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

sociocapitalist Re:why (720 comments)

why are americans such judgemental pricks?

when you've done your time, you've done your time. that should be the end of it and, aside from some very limited cases like not letting pedos work with kids, discrimination against former criminals should be illegal....even a fuckwit yank should be able to figure out that if ex-crims can't get jobs and have no choice but crime to support themselves then that's what they'll do.

The irony of you calling anyone else a judgmental prick is kind of funny, which is good because the rest of your post is just idiotic.

Maybe you've heard the phrase 'repeat offender'. Complicated, I know, but I'm sure you'll figure it out if you think about it for awhile.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

sociocapitalist think outside the box (720 comments)

Start your own company. Customers aren't going to check your background unless you're trying to sell them security services - and maybe not even then.

about two weeks ago
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North Korea Denies Involvement In "Righteous" Sony Hack

sociocapitalist Re:I'd be curious about the consequences. (85 comments)

North Korea is already sanctioned pretty hard. I'm curious what happens when a nation state attacks a multinational company. Do the nations that said company is registered in team up to respond? Do they elect a body to deal with it? And if so, how large does a multinational have to be to elicit such a response?

NK can do whatever they want because they're stuck to China.

Wasn't long ago that they were threatening to nuke American interests and they got away with that cold.

about two weeks ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

sociocapitalist Re:No bigger than ... (325 comments)

... a bird. And airplanes hit birds on approach almost every day. Certainly every week.

N417SW SKYWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT SKW2608 BOMBARDIER CL600 AIRCRAFT ON FINAL, STRUCK BIRDS, LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, DAMAGE TO AIRCRAFT IS MINOR, SACRAMENTO, CA
http://www.asias.faa.gov/pls/a...

UAVs (sometimes called "drones") shouldn't be operating around airports but the likelihood of one downing a transport category aircraft is just about zero.

Might depend on if it's got a couple of sticks of dynamite (or whatever) stuck to it when it gets sucked into an engine.

about two weeks ago

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Retroactive Tax Law Changes by UK Govt

sociocapitalist sociocapitalist writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sociocapitalist writes "The BBC reports that "Barclays Bank has been ordered by the Treasury to pay half-a-billion pounds in tax which it had tried to avoid." which in and of itself seems fine but a couple of factors around it bother me.

Evidently there is a law in the UK requiring "Anyone, such as a bank, accountant, lawyer or tax adviser, who devises a seemingly legal tax avoidance plan, is obliged to tell the tax authorities about it within a few days of using it or marketing it to clients." which Barclays did and then the UK government wrote new law and applied it retroactively to close the loopholes.

While the law requiring disclosure of what would be legal tax avoidance strategies is interesting, the real shocker for me is that laws can be retroactively applied making what was legal when done illegal after the fact."

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The scandal of the Alabama poor cut off from water

sociocapitalist sociocapitalist writes  |  about 3 years ago

sociocapitalist (2471722) writes "The BBC reports the ongoing situation in Jefferson County, Alabama where finance companies bribed politicians and a $300 million project ended up costing $3.1 billion bankrupting the county and leaving the poorest unable to pay their skyrocketing water/sewage bills.

Why the financiers were only fined and didn't go to jail, and why they should be subsequently allowed to profit on the situation is just another example of the imbalance in the US (and elsewhere)."

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