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Comment: Try Australia on for size (Score 1) 939 939

We have negative gearing, a tax benefit - aimed solely at the rich. They rent out the property and get to claim the cost (interest payments, renovation, service costs, repair etc) against their taxable income.

The common man (me, you, poors, middle class) are literally subsidising the rich buying more homes. It's an ass backwards, inane scheme that often, when described to foreigners elicits a response of basically "what the fuck? You're kidding? That's backwards!?"

Our houses are artificially inflated high in cost, the only mild benefit is that rents are arguably, slightly cheaper. Furthermore the government is welcoming with very very open arms, Chinese cash. They are POURING their money out of China in to property here. You're starting to see for sale / auction / expressions of interest signs for property in Melbourne, with NO fucking English writing on the sign.

These 2 things combined, have driven buying a house into an investment, not a home. It's *finally* getting some serious media scrutiny this year and your average man is beginning to click as to WHY negative gearing as a policy is completely and utterly fucking him.

I've always been frugal and careful with money and I've saved my ass off. I get the shit taxed out of my money in the bank (interest made) but had I put it into a house, I'd be able to infact claim any losses.
It's ... it's insane, it's fucked. an entire generation is getting basically,... fucked by the old and the rich (or the young who got in with assistance)

The division between the rich and the poor and the wiping out of the middle class is beginning to kick into high gear in general, across the world and I think even your average person now, is starting to get pretty pissed about it.

Comment: Move the comments number BACK (Score 1) 116 116

I browse in full screen mode on a 30" 2560x1600 monitor. Some would say this is folly, none the less it's what I do.
The article news headline is on the far left 1/4 of my monitor.
The comment quantity per article is over a fucking foot to my right and I have to glance at how many comments there are, per article, left, right, left right.

Put it back below where it belongs.
I don't like or care about a dopey share button - if you keep it, fine but don't make the comments number worse due to it.

I hate to cite fucking reddit of all places but isn't their score, comments and news headline all left focused? All the "important shit" is on the left, grouped together?
Cmon people fucking think would you?

Comment: I do not know anything about this pocket app,.... (Score 1) 351 351

However my stance on the issues with firefox changed very little

http://slashdot.org/comments.p...
http://news.slashdot.org/comme...
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http://news.slashdot.org/comme...
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TLDR: The stability (under the 64bit waterfox build) is pretty much where I want it, it doesn't crash.
However,...the performance is atrocious compared to chrome, I don't know what kind of machine to throw at this browser but there needs to be a better way.

I've tried with / without the noscript, with / without adblock and flashblock - nope still no good.
It's sad.
Stop adding bloat, start trimming and tidying and optomising code.

My personal, non software developer, layman opinion is almost every web site, almost every application, almost every game and almost every operating system - almost all software in existence really should have **national optomisation week** where NO FEATURES ARE ADDED, NO UI'S CHANGED and for 1 week a year they simply try to speed up their old code.
Seriously.... developers are still behaving like it's 1995 -> 2008 or so, when everything endlessly doubled in performance. Hint: PC performance increase have slowed. Start coding cleaner.
1 week a year, think about it devs, please.

Comment: What are the beneficial FEATURES to dumb end users (Score 1) 595 595

There's a heap of people here debating if the security is better with IPv6 or if doing things "right" is the better way and you may be all correct but the question for the mid tier and lower skilled tech users, adopters and end users is where is the big benefit?

You tell someone "yes, your netflix video will buffer faster" (I know, that's bandwidth) or "You can do more on your network at once" that might help./
The only thing I recall (which I think was pulled?) was multicast? As a mid teir tech, that was the only thing which got me all hot and bothered. The potential for huge bandwidth savings as data can be "split" as it goes down the network branch to only the nodes requesting it and only a single time (until the split is required, down a different trunk)
THAT was interesting, that might mean, my Australian ISP uses VASTLY less bandwidth for certain applications / users and therefore I get allocated more monthly quota since their bills decrease.

So yeah, ok sure, we should be switching to a better protocol, regardless and for the sake of too few ipv4 address's but to my knowledge there isn't some big huge (or even small) gain to most end users, at all. If not plain old inconvenience in setting up a new network type they know nothing about and may require more knowledge to secure.

Comment: Politicians couldn't give 2 shits about this stuff (Score 1) 614 614

Until there's fly in, fly out, outsourced politicians - they don't give a damn . Cheques will still come in from IBM, HP, Apple, Google or whoever takes on this kind of practice to save a buck.

We're all fucked long term, seriously, globalisation has some great benefits and some utterly horrific drawbacks. Y'all fucked, me included.
(Ok, not "Y'all" - "Y-vast majority of you")

Comment: I ask again, ... does anyone know. (Score 3, Interesting) 374 374

How does it all work?
If I install Windows 10 on my personal desktop, with valid key.

Then trash the machine, re-install from a brand new original Windows 10 media DVD. Does the Windows 7 key work for Windows 10?
Even if another user signs in?

Is the Windows 7 key tied to my "Windows account" (they seem to be pushing accounts / logins now.... my Windows 10 test machine I literally login with my Microsoft live account) or what was once called live...

I own at least 3 machines with genuine Windows 7 keys but I administer / work on / help with at least 30. I do NOT want to have 30 unique Windows 10 "accounts" with MS.

So is it literally a flag in the DB "this key is now Windows 10 and Windows 7"?

Comment: Re:annoying downgrade, ingores major usage pattern (Score 1) 101 101

Most of the kids these days.......

How much is it costing google to run the SMS service? The company used to do useful stuff, now they just endlessly kill off their services and re-skin stuff to make it harder to use (gmail)

Run the damn SMS service for another decade until it's well and truly not needed, then end it and get ire from no one.

Comment: Re:And now for a real question (Score 1) 214 214

Buy any off the shelf Dell / HP business workstation for under $1000 and then double the ram and put in a 500gb SSD, I'd be surprised if you got LESS than 7 years out of the machine for word processing, youtube, email, browsing etc. :/ MS definitely best not be dictating the lifespan of machines.

Comment: Reading between the lines, now I get it...ahh-ha! (Score 1) 214 214

So as an owner of ... quite a lot of Windows 7 Pro CD keys and completely legal / valid machines. I was surprised I was getting Windows 10 for free for myself to use, however I've just read the summary on this article, NOW it makes sense.

Key words in the summary are the following for the supported lifetime of that device.

So, unlike my Windows 7 key, where I can un-install it from the old PC / wipe the machine, then install it on a new machine, call a phone number, follow some prompts and re-activate my legit key, I get the impression the Windows 10 key I'm allocated will only work on ONE set of hardware, period.

I'm still not sure if they are simply going to convert my existing, legitimate Windows 7 key to a Windows 10 key or issue me a new key. Either way it sounds like a Win7 -> Win10 conversion license is is not going to be as flexible as a 'proper' Windows 10 license.

Also of note, if I recall the original articles regarding this, I have a 1 year window to make my Windows 7 keys "Win 10 free mode allowed" I'd bet good money, I can't just type the keys into a website and convert them, I bet I need to install Windows, using the Win7 key, activate it AND follow the prompts to engage "upgrade mode"
I'm seriously considering building a VM just before entering the key to actually do this.

Finally, I ALSO get the impression that a Windows 10 license / key is 'bound to' an email account / Micosoft account of some kind, which is also quite awkward for me, perhaps I can only have 1 Windows 10 license per account? Who knows.

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