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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

stinerman Re:A minority view? (649 comments)

AFAICT, it looks like you can't use God scientific evidence of anything. This makes sense because the existence of a creator cannot be empirically determined (can you think of a repeatable experiment that would prove or disprove that there is a creator?). That is unless the creator revealed himself to us, at which point, the study of the creator would be a science.

about 3 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

stinerman Re:Backup? (396 comments)

Totally read "4 terabytes of pornography". I was debating where to make a toast to you or send you a drum of Jergens.

about 3 months ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

stinerman Re:republican voters? (422 comments)

Good for you. I actually agree with your position. We are not the majority.

about 3 months ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

stinerman Re:This will hugely backfire... (422 comments)

I will bet one Internet that as soon as a Republican President is put in charge of NSA surveillance those poll numbers will flip overnight. As long as the guy from the other party is doing X, X is bad. When its your bastard doing it, X is suddenly good.

about 3 months ago
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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

stinerman Re:Criminal System (142 comments)

Of course they can be used to pay taxes. I paid the balance of my federal income tax using a credit card.

Yes, I know...

about 3 months ago
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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

stinerman Re:Never store sensitive data you don't need. (142 comments)

I've worked with payment processing here in the States. You can store the number and the expiration date but not the CVV2. Of course, no CVV2 means higher processing fees, which means customers will ask for ways of storing the CVV2. We tell them that makes them non-compliant and they don't really care. They just want lower processing fees and pay lip service to compliance.

about 3 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

stinerman Re:Who is doing this? (704 comments)

You will still pay those taxes, even if they are in Bitcoin, because the US courts will force you to, or they will throw you in jail for tax evasion..

This is about the only false part of your post. Taxes must be paid in legal tender, which Bitcoins are not. One must first convert them to dollars and then onward to the tax man.

about 7 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

stinerman Re:Who is doing this? (704 comments)

I would put it past them. This is incredibly small potatoes for them. I know a lot of the bitcoin apologists think they're doing something incredibly revolutionary. They aren't. Basic economics says this is bound to failure because there is a fixed amount of coins to be mined. That's a very bad feature of a currency (works great for an investment, though one will always need to find the next fool)

Maybe organized crime is involved or maybe a couple of 8th graders. I really don't know, nor do I care. I'm just basking in the shadenfreude at this point.

about 7 months ago
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MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

stinerman Re:Ha ha (465 comments)

My toaster isn't worth as much as it was when I bought it, either.

Money is supposed to be a medium of exchange, not an investment. If you believe that a zero inflation rate is a good thing, I suggest you take an introductory course in economics.

about 7 months ago
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Krugman: Say No To Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner

stinerman Re:Paul Krugman, 1998 (187 comments)

Yes. That is the kind of logic you get when you've been reading the website he's linking to.

about 7 months ago
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Krugman: Say No To Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner

stinerman Re:Ok (187 comments)

Not everwhere is there a monopoly. For instance where I live in Columbus, I can choose from Time Warner or WOW. If you or I or anyone else wanted to, they could set up a company and run their own wires. Guess what? No one else wants to. Last mile connectivity is a natural monopoly and ought to be regulated as a utility.

As someone else in the comments said, let's require them to split the infrastructure from the services. Then we'll have real competition.

about 7 months ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

stinerman Re:Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

Yeah, but that would mean that Kansas would have to admit that lesbians are people with equal rights and responsibilities. Not likely.

about 7 months ago
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The Whole Story Behind Low AP CS Exam Stats

stinerman Re:So, whom to H8? (325 comments)

True. Not only AP but CS at all. When I was in high school (early aughts), no programming/CS classes were even offered. To the best of my knowledge they still aren't.

about 8 months ago
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How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

stinerman Re:police arive within 'minutes' (894 comments)

Well the question is really why is it such a recent phenomena in the US? Its a very difficult question to answer. Bowling for Columbine tried to answer it (or at least pretended to try to answer it), and didn't really have a good answer.

I don't think anyone can make a case that school shootings are a direct consequence of a lack of firearms. That can't possibly be true as evidenced by the fact that Europe doesn't have these things happen daily. It has to be something cultural. We do have a weird fetishization with firearms in this country. I don't know where that came from. Perhaps it was a necessary consequence of decades of moving west across the plains and living off the land.

I don't claim to have all the answers, but it simply cannot be the case that school shootings are directly related to the number of privately-owned guns.

about 9 months ago
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Surge In Litecoin Mining Leads To Graphics Card Shortage

stinerman Re:Lol@fads. (213 comments)

Now that's the right attitude to have. You know it's a bunch of people buying an investment (not a currency), hoping it will appreciate so that they can cash out once it hits a high enough price point.

Bitcoin/Litecoin is an (irrational) investment, not a currency.

about 9 months ago
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UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back

stinerman Re:A US perspective (617 comments)

In the United States getting stuff in the mail unsolicited is considered a gift and is not required to be returned...for the exact reason you specified; I can mail everyone on my block an Ubuntu cd and then claim they owe me $10 for accepting it.

I don't know if a shipping error counts as being unsolicited, but I don't think the company would have any recourse. IANAL.

about 9 months ago
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Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries

stinerman Re:Regressive (730 comments)

That doesn't require a monarch. Just divorce the duty of head of state from the President. We could have a "First Citizen" or something like that. They can do all the stupid diplomatic and cultural stuff that the President doesn't really have time to do.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Trust Online Tax Software?

stinerman Re:Australia (237 comments)

Yeah, I mentioned that at work once. That in foreign countries your return is pretty much done for you, and you just sign off on it. If it isn't correct you provide proof and then send that amendment back in. I got an incredulous stare and an "Oh, that'd be great for the government. They could say whatever they wanted and people would just pay up."

*sigh*

A good many people have no idea that the IRS already has all your W-2s and could fill out a simple 1040-EZ on your behalf. Sure, when you're itemizing it would get a bit more complicated, but for the vast majority of folks who don't itemize, there is no reason that the IRS can't have everything filled out for you, and all you need to do is sign and return.

about 10 months ago
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Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates

stinerman Re:lower insurance? (449 comments)

Err... that's "underestimate the amount of risk".

about a year ago
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Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates

stinerman Re:lower insurance? (449 comments)

We will not have a robot driving the car (or a computer) for a very long time.

People's cognitive biases are such that they overestimate the amount of risk involved in driving when they are in control (hence everyone saying they're above average in driving ability). Even then, there will be laws against such things. If, due to a software bug, 1 person died per day in a car accident, the cars would be classified as death traps in the media and in government. Of course, the fact that 32,367 people died in vehicle deaths in 2011 wouldn't matter. People will be able to handle 30,000 people per year dying due to driver error. They won't be able to handle 300 people dying per year due to software error.

about a year ago

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