* Posts by JEDIDIAH

2256 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

America was founded on a dislike of taxes, so how did it get the IRS?

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Re: Speaking of myths

"Taxation without representation" was just a marketing slogan. None of the patriots actually wanted representation in Parliment. They rightfully knew that their voices would not amount to much due to small numbers. Much more significance is given to that slogan than it really deserves. It's like shrinkwrapped history for lazy consumers.

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Re: Taxtastic

Taxes in the US are as simple or as interesting as you want to make them. If your taxes are simple enough that they can even be all completely handled by your employee then they will be pretty trivial in the US too. The moment any part of your financial life is something that isn't managed by your employer, then of course things are going to get more interesting.

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Huh? What?

Using checks? Who? Is this my grandmother you're talking about? I haven't used checks for merchant transactions EVER and I'm middle aged.

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Rescuing the morons from themselves...

> I think you're missing the point. The billions of desktops don't know how or don't desire to switch engines tomorrow, that's the problem!

That's simply not Google's problem.

There's simply no technical or structural barrier keeping customers in place. The fact that most people are apparently too stupid (your own observation) to choose Pepsi over Coke is not a problem that should be solved by the government punishing the victor. If they are doing something like dumping, or even like what the article said (hiding competitors), that's something more along the lines of classic anti-trust.

The fact that most people buy Cambells, Ford, and McDonalds is not an anti-trust issue.

Search is a commodity. It's not a platform that requires buy-in from 3rd parties. So conflating Google and Microsoft is grossly misleading.

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Re: A solution for the wrong problem

Your screed overlooks the fact that anyone interested in Linux gaming is NOT going to be motivated by "political purity" when deciding which device driver to use.

Non-problem avoided.

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Re: JustNiz

...yes, and "open source Linux devs" could be anybody including gaming and multimedia developers.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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> Hooray! I can still get a pizza!

Only if it's a vegetable pizza. Meat pizzas are against the old dietary laws.

It's likely that this entire establishment needs to be burnt to the ground for being unclean and not kosher.

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Re: I wonder how they're going to know?

> I look forward to the downvotes of the self-righteously intolerant.

You're an idiot. Who is agitating for the law? The people agitating for this law are the retarded sorts that think their liberty includes the right to oppress. They're like the original Puritans that landed at Plymouth Rock not because the Dutch were such poor hosts. Their "persecution" in England was probably also overrated.

They came to America to be free to abuse those around them and isolate their followers from different ideas. They were much like a cabal of Mormon "fundementalists".

Never mind the fact these idiots are acting in a blatantly un-christ-like fashion.

These people actually need to crack open the book sometime.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Jerks that love to blame the victim...

I've had credit cards hacked before. Sometimes there is an obvious and blatant large purchase put on the card. Sometimes it's smaller and more subtle. Not everyone acts like Richard Pryor in Superman III.

Sony simply isn't honoring it's merchant agreement. What really should be happening here is that Sony should be under threat from the relevant credit card company.

Yet another reason to distrust the cloud.

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Lambs to ISlaughter

Just based on media reports, that 36:1 number doesn't hold up and this is despite obvious media bias in favor of reporting child related incidents.

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Re: Actually I think el-reg have the point entirely.

The El Reg reaction to this strategy appears to be amusement.

I think they understand the point of terrorism all too well.

It might be ISIS that doesn't completely understand the concept.

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: Anti-trust

This seems to be a collision of two different brands that have different approaches to legacy support. One lives and breathes legacy support while the other one despises it. One brand drop kicks their own customers in the balls when it comes to legacy support. Never mind people that use a rival OS.

This is a beautiful collision of world views. No conscious illegal intent is required.

This is just what happens when the ultimate legacy support brand meets the "ooh shiny shiny" brand.

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Re: Apples values.

I never used bootcamp when running alternative operating systems on Mac hardware.

I just set the appropriate (different) partition and boot sector options in the MacOS partitioning tool.

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Re: Apples values.

> they've just decided not to write drivers

It's just a PC. In fact, it's a pretty mundane PC.

What does Apple have to do with device drivers for it? Device drivers should be coming from Intel and AMD and Nvidia and Realtek and such.

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Summer bust-up expected with new Apple TV and Roku coming onstream

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Re: Comcast and all that ****

Nothing that Apple is doing in this area is new or remarkable.

Even their "cable-over-the-Internet" service is a me-too affair.

Furthermore, ANY THING that any of the streamer vendors do can be quickly sabotaged by any of the network monopolies (like Comcast).

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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Re: But what happens a few years down the line

> Just to be clear, though, there is no inherent premium value in a secondhand watch or car, no matter who makes it.

Just keep telling yourself that. Swiss watches are the sort of luxury brand that Apple pretends to be. A watch enthusiast could handily school any fanboy on the subject of "resale value".

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The crux of the matter...

The real problem here is that the iWatch is like any other Apple product. It's mass market tripe cheaply produced in some Chinese factory pretending to be something it's obviously not. It's not just a matter of having money to burn. It's also a matter of taste.

There are brands for the genuinely wealthy and then there are brands for those who are not but try to put up a convincing front otherwise.

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: Just a

They had wristwatch TVs in the 80s. State of the tech really wasn't up for it then.

Might work now if the watch had enough storage space...

Being an Apple product, it probably won't.

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Re: Overpriced?

> Rolex watches need an expensive service every 2 years

Nonsense. A Rolex only needs service if you abuse it. By abuse, I mean do things to it that would shred a $400 watch.

A Rolex will last longer than you will. Never mind cheaply constructed consumer toys.

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Re: Waterproof?

> For $17k they should have had free upgrades for life.

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> Take your gold watch in, get the new model back.

They could even use the Rolex model and charge for that kind of service. In this case "service" would mean getting the old innards upgraded to the new ones and having all of your data (if any) migrated.

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Re: Fun gadget

For the people that can just light 10K in cash on fire and not care about it, Apple is not an attractive brand. Apple is out of their depth here. They've been drinking their own Kool-aid a bit too much.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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Re: One senator with a snowball ...

Greed can work. Greed can work very well. Dreams of avarice drive the development of entirely new drugs. There are treatments for obscure diseases you've never even heard of because there is a fortune to be made in it.

Beyond that, it should be little trouble for less Ferengi nations to do the things that don't do well with Gordon Gekko types.

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Re: the market doesn't always work

There should be an ample supply of socialist countries around to make this a reality. You don't have to wait for the land of Ayn Rand worshipers to get it's act together. The rest of the industrialized world can take a crack at this.

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

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Re: Sounds great..

Most of what's going to be on a phone's microSD card is already a copy of a copy anyways.

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

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Corporate shill and blithering idiot.

Net neutrality can accommodate protocol priorities. The usual complaint here is your service provider playing monopoly and hijacking the same kind of packets that they want to sell you themselves. Packets of the same type aren't being treated equal. They are being discriminated against (or for) based on source. THAT is the problem.

If I am using an alternate VOIP provider, my ISP shouldn't be hijacking my packets.

Also, I would HOPE that a self driving car would NOT be dependent on the network. That just sounds like a recipe for disaster regardless of the net neutrality debate.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: What's my size?

> TV, unless on HD and watching the quality stuff probably better off with a smaller one.

Classic Trek (in it's original and unadulterated form) is fine on a big screen. So is a lot of older stuff that was all filmed in 35mm. It's the stuff from the 90s that was shot on tape that tends to look horrible on any modern television.

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Re: Hiding your TV in the cabinet...

Such beasts still exist in the US too. Oddly enough, we have always used our own TV armiore as a wardrobe...

The TV in that room is mounted to the wall.

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Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

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Re: Part of HP Bloatware

> What Blu-ray playback software would you recommend then?

Something that just plays the stream you are interested in. Perversely, the MacOS BD player is a better option in this regard. Ripping the content away from the context of the rest of the disk is also a good option.

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Re: Blue Ray?

> Joking aside, I just don't have the space or desire to store a crate of discs for someone.

You don't have an extra cubic foot of space? Who are you? Jed Clampett? How can you even be posting? I don't think they have Internet service that far back in the woods.

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First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

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An amazing grasp of the obvious.

> the difference between "Ubuntu MATE" and "Xubuntu" ought to be one (meta) package, does that really require a separate distribution?

That pretty much is the only real difference.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: We should pay for TV we dont want

> So how does "The Discovery Channel" and "The Disney Channel" survive?

Discovery went to crap and Disney was always crap. Disney is not a good example of quality children's programming even if you focus on them as "strictly entertainment".

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Samb-AAAHH! Scary remote execution vuln spotted in Windows-Linux interop code

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Re: Re:But in a decent software company there would be peer reviews and QA testing.

...except on Unix a hole is just a bug. On Windows, a hole is some Internet crippling worm or virus.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Re: Too late!

Hell. The electronic components of bleeding edge weapons systems are woefully out of date when those weapons go online.

Good catch there...

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Re: Too late!

> Your bank's central IT system?

Which part exactly?

Please be precise.

Also please keep in mind that some of us have actually worked in banks.

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Tim Cook slurped our brains, snarl fat battery bods A123

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Re: Serfdom?

Well, trade secrets are still a thing.

This is the secret sauce that makes your product more competitive than anyone elses. If it is valuable enough, you keep it entirely to yourself rather than making it public and sharing it with the world (like what a patent is supposed to be).

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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Re: RAID6

> The really worrying part is that nobody warns amateur users of large drive data loss issues.

Are you kidding? The FUD in this regard is constant and pervasive.

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It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

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Re: I mostly agree, but, but BUT.....

It also does not help that what is generally in the Heinz can looks nothing like real soup.

It might take me awhile to make a gallon of soup (mostly the time spent dicing things) but at least I end up with a gallon of actual soup for my trouble.

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Re: Yeah well...

Yup. That's the problem with paying the market for anything. It has to be paid in after tax wages. So at the very least you need to account for the tax consquences of how you make money. If you are going to split these kinds of hairs you can't just ingore some in favor of others.

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Re: Yes, but,

The real problem is that the "market" is simply failing to provide adequate product.

It doesn't matter that you can find something (possibly) cheap for sale offered by someone else. It doesn't matter because it's crap and it's no substitute for the real thing. The real thing simply isn't being sold because of industrial practices and corporate corner cutting. If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself because there's NO WHERE you can buy it.

Even a good cleaning can fall in this category (sadly).

The problem with doing something for yourself even just one time is that you see just how sad the industrialized version is and how inadequate it is.

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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Re: Yep, agreed. The relationship is very uncertain

This is like the hysterical wife trope from John Q..

OMG we're all going to DIE. You must do something. You must do something..

No. No. No. You can't do anything. If you do something it will be too dangerous.

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

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Re: And yet the best part is...

> ...that almost everyone so far has merely scoffed at the very idea of a threat to Linux

That's because there has been no real indication of what to check.

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Legalese and coding? Yup, it's the open-source FOSDEM shindig

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Re: Here's a question for your lawyers

I think that if you posted this on a law forum they would think you were telling a bad joke.

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

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Re: It's a long way to the chemist, etc...

Plus you have the signal strength to consider. Will aliens 1000 light years away be able to become addicted to our crap network TV shows? I rather doubt it. I would be surprised if our emissions are recognizable as such even 100 light years out.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Video playback

> It took me months just to get my Dad to mount images,

Don't be an idiot. Besides the fact that it's no longer 1994 and Linux automounts things, ANY HTPC should be set up as an appliance. It will be just like any other appliance (that doesn't run Windows).

If someone can't use a Tivo, clinging to Windows won't help.

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Re: Video playback

Computarded family members don't touch the Linux on an HTPC.

That is how they can use a Sony BluRay player if you have one.

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Re: Competitors dead in the water?

> When was the last time you could get such significant upgrade of a PC for $35

The last time I saved an old PC from the dumpster by putting a cheap Nvidia card into it.

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Re: Competitors dead in the water?

> I see that @"Voland's right hand" is another person who completely and utterly misses the *entire point* of a RasPi.

True. But he has plenty of company though. And those people like to sing the praises of the PI for applications that it's not really suited for.

Some of the shameless fanboy gushing needs to be mitigated by a little bit of justified skepticism.

Been there. Done that.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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Re: Well its nice that the iPhone 6...

It's funny how people who clearly have never touched a real luxury brand in their lives (never mind actually owning one) like to fawn all over some generic bit of crap as if it were something other than what it really is.

The right Ford centric comparison to draw here is Lincoln.

...essentially the same thing but with some superficial bits of trim added.

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Does Big Tech hire white boys ahead of more skilled black people and/or women?

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Re: Errrr guys...

Of course. Abuse the nerds. All of the drooling mouth breathers in Communications or Journalism or the Business School just love that idea.

Take the group that are kind of trying to hide out from constant abuse and heap some more abuse on them because quite frankly they are one of the few groups left that you can get away with subjecting to blatant bigotry.

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Re: Just wait until YOU are classed as TOO SKILLED (read: too old)

> "Too qualified" is a euphemism for "we'll have to pay you more than we want".

With an MS in graphics, it sounds like your best bet is trying to break into the game industry. That said, you have to compete with H1B PhD talent with more education than you and more experience than you who will (likely) accept a lower salary than you.

I remember when I could demand more money than those types because of my citizenship status and my role in the company.

Outside of the game industry you would probably be thought of as only qualified for a junior role in some other specialty and a junior position isn't going to pay squat.

The "age" thing is another possibility. Older "senior" developers seem to be less flexible, less trainable, and less able to adapt to a new corporate culture. Sometimes, they also aren't really that senior either.

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