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+ - Obamacare subsidies struck down.

Submitted by MouseTheLuckyDog
MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "A federal appeals court has just struck down, the provision for granting tax subsidies for those who get their insurance through the federal website.

This in particular, shows up all those wnnabe geek idiots, who have been in ./. discussions saying that "The Supreme Court has found Obamacare constitutional.", that it is now "settled law". ( Just like "global warming is settled science". ) Obamacare was found to impose it's mandate constitutionally, and even then all aspects of "the mandate" were not considered, just whether it was constitutional to impose a mandate. Obamacare is complex and large. Very large. We now see two aspects of it, contraception and subsidies struck down. Whether it's some left/right thing, some Apple/Google thing, some tablet/desktop thing, some C/.Jabva/C#/Python thing, it is becoming common for one aspect to of an argument to be used to justify an entirely different argument ( "Double Checking Locking doesn't work therefore C sucks for multithreaded apps." ) let Obamacare stand as an example that, one must understand the context of an argument if one is to understand the argument."

+ - Yo

Submitted by MouseTheLuckyDog
MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "A million dollars have been invested in an app called "Yo".
The main thing the app does is send a "Yo" to other members on the Yo network.
Actually that is the only thing the app does.
It's still unclear whether there are any patents granted based on this app, or of the owner is going to trademark "Yo"."

+ - Slashdot screws up story big time. 1

Submitted by MouseTheLuckyDog
MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Todsay on slashdot it was announced that
Linus would teach a MOOC on linux.
A Stevens level course on linux is something I think a lot of people would be interested in. Such a course taught by Linus himself wow.

Turns out that Linus just did an intro. The actual course teacher is Jerry Cooperstein. I am certain that the course itself will be worthwhile, but I feel a certain amount of people will be dissapointed that the course does not actually involve Linus himself.

OK. Now seriously, do the editors think they should correct the article before some fan chokes on the fluid from an aborted Linus-gasm?"

+ - Community Manager for game company fired for partially supporting Sterling.

Submitted by MouseTheLuckyDog
MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Josh Olin, community manager ( whatever that is ) for Turtle Rock was fired for sending tweets saying that Donald Sterling should not be fired for being a bigot in his own home.

This adds to the bout of recent politically correct actions taken by companies about people like Adria Richards, Brandon Eich."

+ - DoJ closing porn stars bank accounts.

Submitted by MouseTheLuckyDog
MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "In a recent story on reason.com it was reported that the DoJ is closing down the bank accounts of porn stars.
Not knowing the site I googled around and found another site, the Guardian.

The story does not end there. It turns out that this is part of a larger scheme ( ironically ) called Operation Choke Point. Also reported in a Washington Post article that downplays the practice.

According to Cryptocoin news. There are thirty industries the DoJ is now targeteting:
        *Ammunition Sales *Cable Box De-scramblers *Coin Dealers *Credit Card Schemes
        *Credit Repair Services *Dating Services *Debt Consolidation Scams *Drug Paraphernalia
        *Escort Services *Firearms Sales *Fireworks Sales *Get Rich Products *Government Grants
        *Home-Based Charities *Life-Time Guarantees *Life-Time Memberships *Lottery Sales
        *Mailing Lists/Personal Info *Money Transfer Networks *On-line Gambling *PayDay Loans
        *Pharmaceutical Sales *Ponzi Schemes *Pornography *Pyramid-Type Sales *Racist Materials
        *Surveillance Equipment *Telemarketing *Tobacco Sales *Travel Clubs

But more can be added. ( I notice alcohol sales is not on the list)."

+ - Maryland Police have their eye on you.

Submitted by MouseTheLuckyDog
MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Forgive the blatent politicalness of the link. [1]

Reading this particular story caused s chill go down my spine,. and I think it will send chills down the spine. of many slashdot readers.

A Florida man was pulled over driving through Delaware last Christmas. He was asked where his gun is. This was outside the presence of his wife.He said he left it at home. His wife was asked and said she did not know. The cop told the man that he was lying and detained the family for a couple of hours.

Now comes the chilling part. How did the police know he owned a gun?

The simple answer is that they probably didn't know, what they knew was that he had a conceal carry weapons (CCW) permit in Florida. Florida does not give other states access to it's CCW database. So apparently Maryland is mining databases for CCW holders.

Of course another thought that will send a chill down spine. What other things are they mining for? What other states are mining databases?

A final aspect of this story. As you drive through Maryland, Maryland has automated license plate scanners. When your plate is scanned, MD's database is scanned for suspicious individuals.

So people watch out Maryland is watching you.

[1] Though that does not stop other slashdot members."

+ - The grinch that stole Halowe'en

Submitted by MouseTheLuckyDog
MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "A crazy woman in North Dakota will be giving obese children notes for their parents instead of candy.

What kind of trick should the obese children play on her? My vote is getting together and burning ... well I may be a bit extreme.

PS: All the pendants out there will notice I used the apostrophe. Just to keep you guys happy."

+ - The new CEO of Microsoft is ... Bill Gates? 3

Submitted by MouseTheLuckyDog
MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "The New York times is speculating that the new CEO of Microsoft could be Bill Gates

Now a lot of people have been saying that it was Ballmer's assumption to the CEO job that has led Microsoft's decline. I have always maintained that while Ballmer has not been the best of CEOs that the decline was not his fault and is more of a result of forces put into play at Microsoft a long, long time ago.

So what do you think would BG's return signal a reemergence of MS?"

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