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Comment: Hey Soulskill! (Score 1, Offtopic) 112

by aardvarkjoe (#46820711) Attached to: WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

Hey Soulskill -- JImbob0i0 may be a new submitter, but you're not a new editor. How about editing the content of the submission so that it actually makes sense?

What exactly is it they pay you to do? I'm sure I could write a shell script that would randomly select a few stories every day to copy to the front page.

Comment: Re:No answer will be given (Score 5, Insightful) 309

How long does it take before you're no longer allowed to justify what "your guy" does by pointing out the the "other guy" did bad stuff too? Does that end after Obama's current term, or are we still going to be hearing the "Bush did it too" excuse in 2020?

Comment: Re:Capital gains plus corporate income (Score 1) 320

My understanding is that capital gains tax is lower because the business you're investing in has already paid its half in corporate income tax.

Not really; after all, the government has no trouble "double-taxing" money any time you give them half a chance; and if that was really the concern then the amount of time that the investment was held wouldn't matter. The fundamental reason for the lower tax rate is to encourage long-term investment -- and the theory is that by so doing, corporations have a better opportunity to be profitable (which of course translates into more incoming tax dollars.)

Comment: Re:Of 1000? (Score 1) 466

by aardvarkjoe (#46772345) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Even if just 56% of them become rich that's good enough a chance for me.

The thing is that being a millionaire really isn't the same as being rich.

Think about it -- if you were of retirement age today, how much would you want in assets to feel comfortable retiring? A quarter million? A half million?

Now consider the amount of time that you actually have left until then. Depending on how long it will be, a half million dollars today will very likely be equivalent to over a million when you will need it.

I would venture to say that most people who are relatively early in their careers, and expect to be able to put away the money they'll need for retirement, should expect to be worth at least a million dollars at some point in their lives -- and that won't be being rich; that's just going to be "comfortable."

Comment: Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 304

by aardvarkjoe (#46762479) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Wait -- you originally said that "I see no reason that people should be trapped in a country they don't want to be a part of." Indicating that you think that having the people move to a country that they want to be a part of is not acceptable. But for some reason, you don't believe that the "losers" of this referendum are "trapped" in the same way. That seems rather contradictory.

Comment: Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 304

by aardvarkjoe (#46756609) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Although that sounds reasonable at first, it leads to a lot of problematic situations. One obvious example in this case there is a minority of people in Crimea that are strongly against it, but because of the tyranny of the majority they have been forced to join Russia. Why should those people be "trapped in a country they don't want to be a part of"?

Comment: Re:Bush Vetoed this, apparently (Score 1) 631

by aardvarkjoe (#46753607) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

All the provision does is lift the statute of limitations on collecting an unpaid debt. I really don't see the problem with that. The actual problem seems to be that they're going after the wrong people to get their money -- and that seems to be based on a policy that allows the government to go after children who may have benefited from overpayments. Seems to me that the person you really should be going after is the one who implemented that policy -- or passed the laws that allow that policy.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 2) 111

by aardvarkjoe (#46727955) Attached to: $250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

These attacks have cost them 10s to 100s of millions. Yet, they are only willing to put up .25M. This shows how poorly ran American companies are today.

The amount of money they offer for a reward only has to be high enough to make it worthwhile for someone who has information to come forward. The amount of money they lost in the attack is really irrelevant. It's not like they'll get that money back if there's a conviction.

Comment: New? (Score 4, Insightful) 181

by aardvarkjoe (#46709275) Attached to: Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

According to the author, apparently "free-to-play" is a new business model. Funny, I've been playing "free-to-play" games for well over twenty years now; and back in the old shareware days it was fairly common to have a feature-limited free version that you had to upgrade to get the whole game.

Yes, some of the mechanics of ways to make money off of a free-to-play game have changed along with technology, but in concept things really haven't changed that much.

Comment: Re:there is no need for 'labor laws' that.. (Score 1) 1116

by aardvarkjoe (#46701359) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

If you want the government to protect people from being fired for donating to a political campaign, then they should protect everyone, regardless of their job title or responsibilites. If you don't like the ramifications of that, then you should re-think whether the government should be offering this protection to anyone in the first place. But in this case, the benefits of the law probably outweigh the disadvantages.

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