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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

tekrat in the *dessert* ???? (312 comments)

Seriously; are there people in this world that are getting PAID to administrate and edit Slashdot? If so, please sign me up for this sweet gig. If not; then I can understand this kind of sloppiness as it's just a hobby.

yesterday
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

tekrat Affluenza (832 comments)

Anyone who thinks that income inequality is not a bad thing has obviously never heard of Ethan Couch. When you're born into so much money that you think you can do whatever you want, you basically do... even kill people.

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

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

tekrat So, middle class screwed again. (832 comments)

This puts the highest burden on the middle class yet again. Everywhere from $30k to $150k, those people are paying the highest proportion of taxes.

Let me give you an example:
The lower middle class guy can only afford the $1 shoes. They are cheap enough, but only last one year and then need to be replaced.

The rich guy can afford the $10 shoes. Yes, they cost 10 times more than the cheap ones, but they have been made to last 20 years. Over time, you see, the rich guy will ultimately pay less for the better quality items, and as such, pay less in consumption taxes as well while the poor shmuck who can only afford the $1 shoes actually pays more for the product and more in taxes over time.

And not every rich person is Imedla Marcos.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

tekrat Because they cannot contribute to the economy (832 comments)

OK, here's your answer, as simplified as I can make it based on your premise:

Because the guy with the net worth of $100 is unable to contribute to the economy. He is too poor to pay taxes, he's too poor to buy food for his family and therefore has to rely on government help to feed his children.

Meanwhile, the rich guy with the net worth of $5000 has used his immense wealth to manipulate politics and has a sneaky accountant, so he also pays practically no taxes, compared to the middle class.

So it's up to you and me, the guys with a net worth of let's say $250, to help out the poor guy with the net worth of $100. But that $5000 guy is cutting our jobs and shipping them to india, so we have an ever shrinking population of $250 net worth people, and a growing segment of $100 net worth people, since the only jobs available are minimum wage.

Following me so far? With less and less people buying socks and shoes and food, and paying taxes, the economy shrinks. Meanwhile the very rich do not go to walmart and buy 10,000 pairs of jeans, so their contributions to the overall economy are minor compared to their immense wealth.

Please see the documentary "Inequality for all", you can find it on netflix streaming, and it will describe it a way that everyone can understand, even Fox News watchers.

5 days ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

tekrat O'Brien's fascination with 2600 (193 comments)

He has claimed that his misused image recognition software caused 2600 casualties in the Iraq war, and also later claims that Scorpion has 2600 employees across the globe...

What's his fascination with this number? I think Emmanuel Goldstein (Eric Corely), publisher of 2600 Magazine, has grounds to sue. And so does Captain Crunch (John Draper).

I'm willing to bet this guy couldn't program his way out a paper bag, and I've known and befriended hackers who were many times smarter than this fraud.

about two weeks ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

tekrat I watched half an episode (193 comments)

And decided it wasn't worth my time. It's not just a crap show, it's a fake crap show and there's no way it's based on anybody's life, any more than that Lazzarr guy worked on an Alien Spacecraft at Area 51. If you believe any of that crap, I've got a nice bridge to sell you.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

tekrat LISP (546 comments)

LISP
LOGO
PASCAL
BASIC
PL/1

And maybe that's it. Most other languages are still in use by various organizations and developers.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To Repay $80 Million In Shady Phone Bill Charges

tekrat Re:All well and good (61 comments)

You must be new here.

Company officials *never* will see the inside of a cell. They won't even be charged. Instead, they will get a nice fat bonus, and the company will pay for that by charging higher rates and cutting 5000 workers who were never responsible, and making sub-standard wages.

Some more palms will get greased in government, and things will continue Business As Usual. And we the public get the shaft.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

tekrat And if Mitt Or Rick were president... (480 comments)

They would have eliminated the CDC entirely since the CDC was not a defense contractor making guns, planes or battleships. They are like the EPA or the FDA, useless.

So, next time a disease comes to the USA, it *will* create a pandemic because budget cuts will have gotten rid of anything deemed "big government" because big gov't == BAD.

On the bright side however, those rich people will be so rich from having their taxes eliminated entirely that the Koch Brothers will be able to fly off somewhere where the disease can't reach them.

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

tekrat Because Ads, by their nature can't be personalized (249 comments)

Ads, by their very nature cannot be personalized. Unless they are being generated on the fly by some very clever AI, all you're getting is an ad that targets you as part of a group. And you can be lumped into that group pretty much willy-nilly, because of ONE data-point.

For example. I am on Facebook. My status is SINGLE. Yet, I have made very clear on my posts, and me NOT liking "match.com" and other dating sites ads, that dating sites are all scams. I've tried at least 75% of them and they all suck. In fact, they pretty much did the opposite, they convinced me it wasn't worth my time to even try anymore. And I've made that CLEAR via many Facebook posts.

However, Facebook doesn't read my posts; all they need is to see that my status is SINGLE, and I'm inundated with dating site ads. Because of that ONE data-point, I'm lumped into a group that gets served that ad for that product.

Nothing about it is "personalized" and I doubt it will ever be because no "product" exists for single guys who believe that dating sites are a scam and a waste of time. And therefore, I am served the ad that comes in as the closest match given Facebook's limited set of advertisers.

Other things facebook should know about me but doesn't, is my interest in vintage volkswagens. But no such advertisers exist for facebook, so it ignores this data-point entirely.

The point is that people are too diverse to ever have truly targeted advertising.

about two weeks ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

tekrat Re:Bob's smokin' crack (267 comments)

Citation??

I see an article that claims GM has sold only 58000 Volts over three years, and I know that Tesla has sold more than that in the same amount of time.

Anecdotal: I see way more Teslas on the road than Volts, and I live in NJ. Admittedly, I'm near the NYC area where the wealthy love to show off fancy cars, but still, way more Teslas, by far, and I'm a fairly good car spotter while driving to work.

about three weeks ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

tekrat Bob's smokin' crack (267 comments)

GM wishes it could get Tesla's customers... Witness the Cadillac version of the Volt, $70,000 price for a Volt with a better interior -- The Cadillac ELR. How many Volts and ELRs combined does GM have to sell to even come close to the Tesla?

about three weeks ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

tekrat 100 years from now... (478 comments)

And if ISIS is successful, in 100 years they will get to rewrite the history books to show that they were the good guys and all atrocities committed in their name was for the greater good.

Although you can gloss over paying Native Americans for the Black Hills, you cannot wipe the stain of bloodshed from that period. Say what you like about ISIS, but go back to any period in our history, and the USA was no better. We condoned slavery, murder and rape to get what we wanted, and we patted ourselves on the back for it.

about a month ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

tekrat Re:DAESH, not ISIL (478 comments)

The west was won by murderers and rapists. That's the path to legitimancy since the days of Ghegis Khan or the Vikings. Just ask General Custer.

about a month ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

tekrat "forced labor" (183 comments)

Which is what, a euphemism for "slavery" ?
Isn't that the GOAL of Capitalism??

about a month ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

tekrat get an Elio instead... (393 comments)

84MPG, only $6800 -- that's not a typo.
http://www.eliomotors.com/

Yes, it's an enclosed motorcycle, but it drives like a car. You will not need a helmet in almost all states. It will solve more problems than the Tesla will, which is a just a Green toy for Rich people. This is an actual vehicle for you and me, regular people that earn less than 6 figures a year.

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

tekrat I've never understood this... (981 comments)

They don't want the kids to learn science or even mention things like evolution... Is their religion on such shaky grounds that it can't stand up to some critical thinking?

Why not then have chemistry class where two potentially explosive chemicals are mixed and the teacher tells the students "Don't worry, if your heart is pure and Allah is with you, it will not explode!"

As Dr. Tyson says -- science is true whether you believe it or not. The explosion will happen no matter what you think of Allah.

Allah doesn't protect *anyone* from a bomb or a bullet. So, what exactly is the point of learning about him/it, instead of learning math, which is actually a useful subject?

The moment you ban teaching something, it's usually because it's pretty easy to prove what bullshit your particular religion is, whether it be Christian or Muslim.

Texas Republicans don't seem to be any better, BTW.

about a month ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

tekrat BREAKING (200 comments)

*BOTH* Boeing and SpaceX have won contracts. Only SNC is out of the race... Apparently NASA doesn't like the Dreamchaser, but they are ready to rock and roll with both capsule designs.

about a month ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

tekrat Translation... (200 comments)

Boeing paid off the right people.

SpaceX aside, Sierra Nevada's Dreamchaser was a better design all around. Essentially the X-20 DynaSoar, it's cheaper, re-usable, and fits the mission. The only advantages for the Capsule design of Boeing and SpaceX is that the mission can be expanded with the same hardware for Moon/Mars missions, and that said, I think SpaceX had the better design -- this contract going to Boeing is a mistake all-around.

about a month ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

tekrat Re:Urban Fetch (139 comments)

Yeah, I couldn't remember Kozmo's name fast enough for a quick post... Damn, it's been almost 15 years!

about a month ago

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Facebook IOS latest update broken

tekrat tekrat writes  |  about a year and a half ago

tekrat (242117) writes "If you're thinking of downloading the latest update to the Facebook App for your Apple IOS device, don't! Although the new "chat heads" feature sounds appealing, the newsfeed is completely broken, resulting in a grey screen with the "rotating flower" indicating it's trying to load the newsfeed, but never actually does. Nice job beta-testing there, facebook."
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Paul Allen Sues Apple, Google, YouTube, eBay

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tekrat (242117) writes "A business controlled by Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft Corp., sued 11 companies including Google Inc., Apple Inc. and EBay Inc., saying they infringed patents on Web-based technology. AOL Inc., Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc., Office Depot Inc., OfficeMax Inc., Staples Inc., Yahoo! Inc. and Google’s YouTube were also named, according to a statement today from Allen’s Interval Licensing LLC. Interval Licensing owns the patents of a defunct computer science and communications research company Allen and David Liddle founded in 1992, according to the statement."
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Anime master Satoshi Kon passes away

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tekrat (242117) writes "Yesterday, news of master Japanese animator Satoshi Kon's death started circulating wildly. It came as a shock because, first, Kon was only 47 years old and, secondly, because nobody could confirm what was then thought to be a rumor. The news started after two people had mentioned Kon's passing, though those two people are trustworthy members of the anime industry: the President of Madhouse Studios (Mindgame) and one of the founding members of Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion). Now it has been confirmed that Kon has passed away. He died of cancer."
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tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tekrat writes "We've had PC case mods aplenty. They are now boring unless they are really off the wall, but hey, what about your PC's accessories? Here's a guy that decided to modify the case to his new bluetooth optical mouse, and house it in something much more classy — a SUN type 3 optical mouse. Now all he needs to do is modify the keyboard as well. Not only is the link a decent hardware hack, it shows a bit of computing history as well. That optical mouse with the bright red LED in it you're using right now was invented before most of the people reading this story were born!"
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tekrat tekrat writes  |  about 8 years ago

tekrat writes "The ZENN all-electric car, manufactured by a Canadian company is going to be powered, not by batteries, but by a new type of ultracapacitor created by EEStor of Austin Texas. What's unique about this is that their claims about the storage capacity and the recharge ability of their product could make regular batteries obsolete (9 minute recharge time, provides 52 kilowatt-hours, sustaining a million charge/discharge cycles before needing replacement). Although the ZENN (Zero Emission No Noise) car is a low-speed neighborbood grocery-getter, it's obvious that EEStor is looking to create a storage system using their technology (patent application US 20040071944A1) for an all-electric high-speed car that could free many economies from fossil fuels. EEStor seems to be on to something here — even if their product does 50% of what they claim, it's pretty revolutionary and could potentially change the world."

Journals

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Anybody know how to use this thing

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 9 years ago

What the hell is the Journal for anyhow? What are we supposed to do with it? Write funny letters to each other?

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