×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

therealkevinkretz Straw man (301 comments)

I haven't seen anyone suggest that police interaction anywhere there's an expectation of privacy (in a home, for example) should be made available to the public.

about two weeks ago
top

Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

therealkevinkretz Re:Simple fix (158 comments)

Huh? And those customers would just keep buying the same amount of the low-margin widgets? Of course they wouldn't.

Lower taxes do help companies prosper. But you're making a lot of generalizations about 'high margin' companies and their benefit to justify fucking over the low-margin ones.

about two weeks ago
top

Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

therealkevinkretz Re:Simple fix (158 comments)

Yes. It's stupid, even more so when applied to an industry where innovation often means years of low profits and unsuccessful products before a 'hit' that makes them money.

about two weeks ago
top

Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

therealkevinkretz Re:Shame, shame! (158 comments)

When there are legal means to, why wouldn't you (unless you think you're not paying enough)?

about two weeks ago
top

Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

therealkevinkretz Re:Simple fix (158 comments)

That's nuts. You'd gut businesses with low margins and undertax the ones with high margins.

about two weeks ago
top

American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

therealkevinkretz Re:They had a one-time-use number program years ag (130 comments)

I didn't know BoA had a comparable feature. My past experiences with BoA haven't been good, and literally everything else (other than canceling Private Payments) I've experienced with AmEx has been good - including their removing without question charges I wasn't responsible for the handful of times it's happened.

about three weeks ago
top

American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

therealkevinkretz They had a one-time-use number program years ago a (130 comments)

I think it was called "Private Purchase"? You could log in to your AmEx account and generate a number that was good for one use. It was great, I don't know why they got rid of it.

about three weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

therealkevinkretz Re:What Does Systemd Mean to Me? (928 comments)

I understand that it has other features. But it fucks up the init system, which is pretty important.

about three weeks ago
top

Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

therealkevinkretz Why is this limited to "for-profit" schools? (331 comments)

It appears that "non-profit" schools as well have responded to the increased loan $ available over the past couple of decades by raising tuition to absorb all of it - which is a big part of why graduates are in so much debt.

Any school accepting governent-tied money should have to pass this test.

about three weeks ago
top

Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

therealkevinkretz Re:travel restrictions != aid delivery restriction (294 comments)

Who said they (those particular "experts"). should be ignored? I will say that their words shouldn't be blindly accepted without question.

Other experts don't agree. Our own military has a policy of 21-day quarantine for troops returning from Ebola-stricken regions. Other African countries have imposed travel restrictions that have helped stop its spread within their borders.

And I did RTFA. Limiting travel doesn't have to mean their interpretation of it (forbidding flights from/to certain places). For starters, I'd restrict visas for non-US naionals from those places, regardless of where their particular flight originated. I'd restrict non-essential travel to those places (medical aid workers would count as essential).

Finally, asking people who have been in close contact with Ebola patients to quarantine if at all symptomatic isn't unreasonable.

about three weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

therealkevinkretz Re:What Does Systemd Mean to Me? (928 comments)

We've had problems a few times with systemd (usually the next boot after an upgrade to a package). Without exception, the failed boot occured with next-to-no meaningful error on the console and was more difficult to debug than if it had been using sysvinit. I personally, as a sysadmin for ~16 years, don't see a problem with sysvinit that justifies tearing it out of Linux for a more complicated, more opaque replacement.

about three weeks ago
top

Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

therealkevinkretz Re:travel restrictions != aid delivery restriction (294 comments)

People begin to assume that the experts don't know everything when three of the Ebola patients here are medical professionals, two of whom had specific experience treating Ebola.

So it's clear that they aren't omniscient, and the cost of keeping someone in their home, or of limiting non-critical travel, compared to risking more lives here, is trivial.

about three weeks ago
top

Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

therealkevinkretz travel restrictions != aid delivery restrictions (294 comments)

What an oversimplified analogy. Limiting certain people's travel from Western African countries doesn't mean limiting aid to those places.

about a month ago
top

Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

therealkevinkretz Re: Moo (150 comments)

First, to be clear: It's illegal to distribute a tool primarily intended to circumvent DRM only if it "has limited commercially significant other uses or is marketed for the anti-circumvention purpose".

And yeah, I agree that it's stupid.

about a month and a half ago
top

Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

therealkevinkretz Re: Moo (150 comments)

It is not illegal (in the US) to circumvent copy protection (DRM) if it's not for the primary purpose of violating copyright.

about a month and a half ago
top

Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

therealkevinkretz Re: Moo (150 comments)

Isn't converting legitimately owned content from one medium to another covered under fair use?

about a month and a half ago
top

The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

therealkevinkretz the solution: (651 comments)

Ban "Assault Lathes"!

about 2 months ago
top

Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

therealkevinkretz Re:"stashes its cash" (365 comments)

There's a difference between actually generating revenue in a place (say, selling copies of Office) and using your "shuffling" and "loopholes" to make revenue end up somewhere else on paper. Whatever your preconceptions, it's clear that the US tax policy is different than nearly every other country. When $ can't be brought into the US without penalty, less will be spent/invested here.

There is another bunch of idiots who think in terms of " 'not confiscating more lawfully earned/obtained money from people' is synonymous with 'putting more money into [their] hands' "

about 2 months ago
top

Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

therealkevinkretz "stashes its cash" (365 comments)

Only the US charges income tax on profits from foreign subsidiaries which have already been taxed abroad. Besides being unfair, such a disincentive to bring the money into the US obviously discourages the spending and employing here that could be done with it.

about 2 months ago
top

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

therealkevinkretz Jeez. (1262 comments)

I think this over-the-top PC trend is mostly shallow self-crongratulatory (or self-flagellating) mental masturbation - and the groups engaging in it are in their own feedback loop, in frenzied agreement with each other. It's like blaming domestic volence on old silent movies where the good guy saves the woman ties to the railroad tracks.

BUT

Threats and intimidation are wholly unacceptable responses to pretty much *any* idea or (non-violent) opinion or position. Such a response to something that might seem shallow and silly is not only unacceptable, but has the unintended consequence of giving credibility to the silliness.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

therealkevinkretz hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

therealkevinkretz has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?