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Comment: Re:You will never change them (Score 5, Insightful) 311

by MyFirstNameIsPaul (#44907407) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Your Work Schedule Make You Unproductive?
This issue occurs across all careers, not just programmers. A friend of mine is an accountant and he has had the same issues. What he has learned is to just move on to another employer. It's not worth the heartache and permanent hair loss to stick around.

+ - Schneier: The US government has betrayed the internet. We need to take it back.-> 2

Submitted by wabrandsma
wabrandsma (2551008) writes "Quoting Bruce Schneier in the Guardian:

The NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. We engineers built the internet – and now we have to fix it

Government and industry have betrayed the internet, and us. This is not the internet the world needs, or the internet its creators envisioned. We need to take it back. And by we, I mean the engineering community.

Yes, this is primarily a political problem, a policy matter that requires political intervention. But this is also an engineering problem, and there are several things engineers can – and should – do."

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Comment: Were any of these 501c(3) nonprofit organizations? (Score 1) 301

I recently read a book about forming nonprofits. It creates a lot of trouble for a nonprofit to accept money for services instead of as a donation. It may be that it wasn't worth the trouble to accept your donation or even they didn't know how. A better method may have been to find developers who voluntarily and substantially contribute to the projects and have them invoice your company as they would not be subject the regulations, so long as they are not on the board of the nonprofit.

Comment: Re:Oh great... (Score 4, Interesting) 147

by MyFirstNameIsPaul (#44660113) Attached to: Wikipedia Can Predict Box Office Flops
2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars: Episode IV, The Godfather, and many other films from the late 60s and 70s. The film industry was going through a transition where it needed to expand, so it started taking risks, which included creating the parental ratings system and more experimental films. I find it somewhat ironic that they don't seem to be willing to do a 'sequel' to that more experimental, and ultimately successful, period.

Comment: Re:Roku (Score 1) 312

by MyFirstNameIsPaul (#43529947) Attached to: The Dark Side of Amazon's New Pilots

The Roku 3 supports FAT16, FAT32, NTFS and HFS+ drive formats. My guess is that your other devices only support FAT32? That would make the maximum volume size 2 TB for FAT32, IIRC. Assuming full implementation of NTFS and HFS+, your drive should work. I'd check with Roku first, though. Also, I have no trust of USB standards implementation, so I always use external power on something like hard drives, and I swap out the wall warts every 5 years or so (lost the greatest phone ever made to a bad wall wart).

To the A.C. troll below, I would say that, yes, there are additional products to accomplish the same purpose, but the Roku is best device of all those devices. Given Roku's business model of not requiring to get between content providers and viewers, and their excellent record of updating firmware for old devices, I expect that the Roku is the best value for some time to come.

Comment: Re:Unconstitutional as heck (Score 1) 326

by MyFirstNameIsPaul (#43512235) Attached to: Senate To Vote On Internet Sales Tax (For Real This Time)
The Constitution was not written with words and phrases having only the meaning stated in the dictionary. The Constitution is a governing document very similar to a power of attorney, and the phrases and terms used should first be considered from what the ratifiers considered them to mean. Another example is the Congressional power to "declare war". If we just look at the dictionary definitions of "declare", then we will not find what was meant by the phrase. However, if we review the ratification debates, then we find out exactly what the term meant to the ratifiers, and such is also the case with the commerce clause.

Comment: Re:Unconstitutional as heck (Score 1) 326

by MyFirstNameIsPaul (#43510993) Attached to: Senate To Vote On Internet Sales Tax (For Real This Time)
Think of that word 'regulate' to mean 'make regular' instead of the modern definition of 'control every aspect'. Congress is authorized to fix issues like not being allowed to purchase health insurance from a provider outside of one's own state of residence. Congress is not authorized to redefine state tax laws, except in very specific cases.

Comment: Re:This is a Constitutional tax (Score 1) 326

by MyFirstNameIsPaul (#43510865) Attached to: Senate To Vote On Internet Sales Tax (For Real This Time)

The Constitution does not grant Congress the power to regulate state level taxation, to force one to pay taxes in another state, or to collect the taxes on behalf of another state..

The issues that most complain about regarding income taxes are the methods of collection and enforcement. For example, the 5th amendment is supposed to protect us from self-incrimination, but a tax filing is self-incrimination. The IRS has its own tax courts, which do not follow due process. The right to assistance of counsel in defense has been turned into a joke because they seize the means to provide that counsel, then give a public defender who knows next to nothing.

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