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Comment: Re:what a load of crap (Score 1) 293

by CoderFool (#48661875) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi
It's one thing to force everyone to use your internal wifi for money, it's another to force them to compromise their security so you can make a buck. I would rather not use their "public" wifi because it is not as secure as using my own hotspot. I want to be able see my email, bank, and use social media without worrying the guy in the next room is on the same network and grabbing all my login credentials. I realize anything wireless by its nature is never entirely secure, but I would trust my own hotspot more than a hotel hotspot.

Comment: Re:unease--from those preaching tolerance/acceptan (Score 1) 1007

by CoderFool (#48244307) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Creationists have the Right to Free Speech, that's why the American Government can't disqualify them from public office or round them up in camps.

Really!? What is this, a crusade or an inquisition? If you don't have the right scientific viewpoint and able to glibly mouth the latest theory you are to be pilloried? When was the last time a group of people because of beliefs or nationality were rounded up into camps? I could give you a list...
Freedom of speech and freedom of religion point to a freedom of conscience for you and everyone else. Worship God, Satan, Science or the flying spaghetti monster if you wish. When you and any one else say to round up those you don't agree with, you are NOT tolerant, accepting, or enlightened.
If you can't leave those alone who think and believe differently than you, then don't expect them to do the same to you. Having a conference near you is not the same as having a rabid christian screaming in your face.
And to those of you who are rabid about your (any) belief and want to scream it into someone else's face...DON'T.
There is an old saying: 'A man convinced against is will is of the same opinion still'. Screaming in someone's face or browbeating them or calling their POV evil is just not effective. The only way to get through to them is to have a civil discussion in which you, with solid reasoning, convince them how they are wrong and you are right. Any other way is just counterproductive.

Comment: sandbox the ai (Score 1) 583

by CoderFool (#48241469) Attached to: Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"
Put the ai in a sandbox and see it if works and plays well with others before letting it out where it could do potential harm.
If second life was still popular, I would suggest that, as we could see how well the ai deals with real people in a contained environment.
Or if we had a virtual world like in Caprica would be better for a sandbox.

Just remember the rules of the sandbox club when you are in there:
#1 there is no sandbox club.
#2 don't talk about sandbox club.

Comment: hardware matters (Score 1) 107

by CoderFool (#48185671) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?
Some hardware makers do a better job with mobile hotspots than others.
I formerly had a droid 4 that I used with foxfi as a wi-fi hotspot and now I use an lg g3 that has a built in mobile hotspot. both of these would provide a reliable wi-fi connection all day to my laptop and tablet and neither was an extra charge from verizon.
I have had 2 samsung tablets and the mobile hot spot function on both have consistently crapped out after about a half hour and I would have to restart the tablet to get it back. the first one was 3g and the second 4g. The 4g was worse in that it would drop the internet connection for itself about every couple of days and I would have to restart it also. Needless to say I won't buy another samsung anything ( I've had trouble with other samsung products) and I am kicking myself for the second tablet when I should've learned from the first one.
If the pantech is not reliable, is there another brand you could use? Or do as others have suggested and use a phone as a hotspot.

Comment: Re:vice news (Score 1) 200

by CoderFool (#47907951) Attached to: New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails
What 'news' outlet DOESN'T set the terms of the conversation? All of them show their bias by what 'terms' they use and what stories they chose to report.
And most people sit comfortably in their filter bubbles and don't think much beyond the initial report or one layer deep. Some even automatically go to their republicans are evil or democrats are evil places rather than considering the ramifications of what is actually being said. Take for example the comments around the Tesla factory going to Nevada due to tax breaks and other incentives, without considering the results of doing things the way *they* suggest. Some went immediately to capitalism is evil and tax breaks are unjust without considering what the opposite of capitalism is and how it won't work out the way they think. And a few pointed out the benefit to the local economy to have a new business there and what other jobs and revenues and taxes would come in to support that new 'green' factory.
Have you heard about frontal lobes? Grow a pair.

Comment: Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (Score 1) 149

Businesses are in business to make money. If they aren't making money then they are burning someone else's money to keep operating until that money runs out.
So they look at various ways to cut costs and reducing their tax bill is one just like you would look for cheaper places to shop and for more deductions on your own taxes.
If one city has a better tax deals or other incentives that reduce the business's bottom line compared to another city, where do you think the business will go to?
If one state has a better deal, where do you think the business will go to?
If one country has a better deal...you get the point. Think of all the production that got offshored in the last twenty or thirty years. Recently think of Burger King moving it's headquarters to Canada or Microsoft keeping some of its foreign revenue out of the US; all for tax purposes.
The only way to level the playing field would be to make tax breaks on other incentives illegal and to discourage offshoring by tariffs or taxes or fees. We have done this in the past and we can argue if it helped or hurt our economy at the time, like when we imported cars from Japan and tariffed them to keep our auto makers competitive.
But there is another level to this.
A business moves to a new area and has to be built, so there are construction jobs. Then it hires people to work for it. Their income is taxed in that state and city. They will use local shops and restaurants and so the state and city gets sales taxes, for example. The shops and restaurants will hire more people to handle more business and there are more jobs at a second level. And these new hires will also pay taxes into the city and states economy and shop locally etc. And if the product made is purchased nationally or internationally, then all that money gets back to that state/cities economy to pay for the infrastructure and wages and taxes etc.
So it looks like a win-win for the state and the city that gets the new business. And since cities and states and this country have to compete for these businesses, it is an incentive for these entities to not get too crazy with their taxes otherwise they lose.
How many businesses do you hear of moving out of high taxed New York and California going to low tax states like Texas or Utah or North Dakota or North Carolina? Right now, New York is advertising tax-free zones for new businesses for ten years. That says their usual taxes are too high. And what happens to all these new businesses when their ten years are up? Do you think they will stay or go seek greener and less taxing pastures?
You may complain about the unfairness of these businesses not paying taxes in these places, but then do you go shopping at Amazon or Walmart and try to get all the deductions you can on your own taxes? If so, then shut it.
No one listens if you are a "do as I say, not as I do" kind of poser.

"Free markets select for winning solutions." -- Eric S. Raymond