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Comment FATCA - And Assets (Score 1) 734

No, because of FATCA.

Many banks in Europe will not let them have an account if their US Citizenship is know because of FATCA.

Further, they would be considered an expat, and have to file regularly.

Some good articles on the Tax situation:

Comment If it blocked UV instead (Score 2) 163

Blocking UV would have some benefits as well.

I seem to recall IR it is blocking is also a major part of heat transference. There could be some definite savings on cooling bills throughout the sun belt/southwest.

Anybody else reminded of the Heinlein stories where Solar panels took off when they started generating energy from the full range of cosmic radiation bombarding the Earth? Led to commuter roads in "The Roads must roll".

Submission + - Internet Access While Sailing? (Revisited) ( 1

El Genio Malvado writes: 10 years ago the question was asked, what is the best way to get Internet while at sea..
After reading the responses.. and a decade of technological advancement is there a better more reliable method?
If someone had the ability to telecommute 100% of the time then the idea of Sailing around the world with a Paycheck direct deposited is getting more and more tempting..

What does the community at large have for modern resources for constant streaming internet at sea?

To quote the original posting..
"Who needs land anyway? Give me a boat, the stars, working global wireless Internet and a wind to sail by!"

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 782

Yes, any number of iPhones linked to sync with your computer.

Or you can redownload for free with an account that purchased it on another phone. (limit on number of different accounts on the phone).

3 iPhones, 1 iPod Touch all have apps from my account (immediate family members).

Comment Re:Most of the Apple distribution is Free (Score 1) 322

webkit is the core of Safari, and Open Source. It is based on KHTML, when Safari first passed the Acid 2 test, and those changes uploaded to the webkit tree, the KHTML guys complained about lack of documenting each incremental change. Heck, if you want to use Webkit as the basis for your own browser, you wouldn't be the first. Look at Chrome for example.

The compliler Xcode uses is gcc.

Couple of good sites:


Journal Journal: Best Online Bachelor's degree with Open Source / Unix Focus? 2

I have been working in IT for over 10 years. I never completed a college degree. My career has seemed to peak. I was looking at online courses in MIS or Comp Sci, but most of them seem to focus on using Microsoft Visual Studio for the compiler / IDE for any programming portions. I would prefer something more *nix / Free Software friendly. Anybody know of such a program?

EDIT: Updated to reflect looking at degree program's not certificates.

Networking (Apple)

Submission + - Duke's problems not iPhone, T'was Cisco-based ( 1

Kantara writes: Update on the iPhone and Duke's networking issues. Duke put out an update on what was going on with their network and the real culprit. From the artice:

Cisco worked closely with Duke and Apple to identify the source of this problem, which was caused by a Cisco-based network issue. Cisco has provided a fix that has been applied to Duke's network and there have been no recurrences of the problem since.


Submission + - Guilty Based on False Statistics?

jellie writes: "An advisory judicial committee, the Dutch Posthumus II Committee, will be reviewing the case of Lucia de Berk, a.k.a the "Dutch 'Killer' Nurse". In 2003, she was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of seven patients and the attempted murder of three more, based on the probability of "1 in 342 million" that all those deaths would coincide with a nurse's shifts. However, as detailed in a page by a Dutch mathematician Richard D. Gill, many of been questioning the statistics used in the case. From the article: "Curious that a mass murderer could kill so many people and simultaneously take care that the total number of deaths on the ward is actually lower than in a similar period before she worked at this hospital: this data is not incorporated in the analysis or even made available!" and "[The expert for the prosecution] apparently does not know the meaning of p-value. He multiplies three independent p-values... and appears to present the product as a p-value." Statistics are often used in courts to convince the judge or jury, but what happens when unreliable or inaccurate methods have been used in generating those numbers?

Other commentary can be found on Bad Science and on Mark Buchanan's blog (NYT TimesSelect req'd)."

Submission + - Novell Bombards SCO with Summary Judgment Motions

rm69990 writes: Novell has filed 4 motions for Summary Judgment against SCO, which essentially ask the court to toss the remainder of SCO's case that isn't already being arbitrated between SUSE and SCO. One seeks a ruling from the court that Novell transfered none of the copyrights in Unix to SCO, which is backed up by many exhibits and declarations from people who negotiated the deal. Another, along the same lines, asks the court to toss the portions of SCO's Unfair Competition and Breach of Contract claims pertaining to the Unix copyrights. The third asks the court to rule that Novell did not violate the Technology License Agreement between SCO and Novell, and last and also least, the fourth seeks to toss the Slander of Title for the additional reason that SCO has failed to prove any special damages. These motions follow 2 motions for summary judgment filed by Novell late last year on 2 of their counterclaims.

Feed Lenovo laying off 1,400 employees, looking overseas (

Filed under: Desktops, Laptops

Tough news on the Lenovo front, as the "world's third ranking PC manufacturer" is looking to axe 1,400 of its US-based employees -- and fast. Reportedly, the firm has decided to lay off a good chunk of its American-based work force "within the next 30 to 60 days" as it turns around and creates around 750 new positions in Brazil, China, India and Slovakia. The company stressed that its return to profitability last year was greatly assisted by the laying off of upwards of 1,000 employees, and insinuates that the latest cost-cutting measures are just attempts to "make the organization more efficient by reducing expenses." The cuts also include a whopping 20-percent of the work force at Lenovo's Research Triangle Park (RTP) location and around five-percent overall, but should net some $100 million in savings for the new fiscal year. Sadly, it just seems to get more cutthroat every year in the corporate arena, regardless of accomplishments.

[Via TWW]

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