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Comment: Re:"Contrary to what we were sometimes taught" (Score 4, Funny) 86

but in France

We've discussed these issues in France for Google and Amazon already. If gravity is doing business in France, gravity is subject to the laws of France. The French government can tax gravity to pay for subsidies of other weaker forces in France.

+ - Swiss Reject Switch From Private To State Health Insurance->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Yahoo reports, "Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan for a seismic shift from the country's all-private health insurance system to a state-run scheme. Referendum results showed that almost 62 percent of voters had shot down a reform pushed by left-leaning parties which say the current private system is busting the budgets of ordinary residents. ... The rejection of the plan by nearly two-thirds of voters is a major blow for pro-reform campaigners, given that opinion polls had shown the 'No' vote was likely to be around 54 percent. In a 2007 referendum, 71 percent of voters rejected similar reforms. The current system, used as a model for US President Barack Obama's controversial healthcare reform, requires that every resident in the wealthy nation of eight million hold basic health insurance and offers freedom of choice among the 61 companies competing for customers.""
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Comment: "You don't like our Internet . . . ?" (Score 4, Insightful) 125

Normally, when non-US folks whine, moan, bitch and complain about the US role in managing the Internet, the US folks answer: "You don't like our Internet? Build your own then!"

Well, I guess this retort applies to the US folks now. If you don't like your FCC Comcast Time Warner Paid Prioritization Internet . . . "Build your own then!"

I would suggest we start small, with a store and forward network, named after someone's dog.

My dog is named "Fido".

Comment: Re:Too bad drones can't reveal government corrupti (Score 1) 208

by PolygamousRanchKid (#47997105) Attached to: Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

Nice idea, but . . .

The hard disks containing the evidence from the drones would crash.

Along with all the hard disks of any computers containing email referencing evidence from the drones.

And all the backup tapes would be "recycled".

And the person in charge would drop her pants, moon the government, invoke the 5th Amendment, and invite the government to kiss her hairy ass.

Oh, and she gets early retirement and a juicy taxpayer funded pension, too.

Comment: Re:Faecesbook (Score 5, Funny) 42

by PolygamousRanchKid (#47993613) Attached to: Facebook To Start Testing Internet-Beaming Drones In 2015

Anyone who uses faecesbook is a moron.

Isn't that what business on the Internet is all about: Making money from morons . . . ?

As to Internet with Drones . . . it won't be a serious business until the porn providers start offering it. Porn is the bellwether of any Internet technology.

Comment: Re:Sorry, no (Score 0) 80

Actually, there's some sense in your statement. If you look at our world today, the biggest threat to life on this planet is not gamma rays. The biggest threat to life on this planet . . . is other life on this planet. Most of that is motivated by these "ancient superstitions".

The cruel irony is, that Islam, Christianity and the Judaism are all based on the same Jewish Fairy Tales. And despite that it seems that Muslims are hell-bent on killing everyone who isn't a Muslim. This latest Islamic State crew even seem to want to kill fellow Muslims as well.

Forget gamma rays. If, in the future, we are able to travel to habitable planets . . . we'll probably discover that the life there has destroyed itself. No need for gamma rays to do what life can do to itself.

Comment: Re:Your employer (Score 1) 182

by PolygamousRanchKid (#47965531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Someone asked an ancient Roman poet:

Which wine do you prefer to drink?

His answer:

Wine, that someone else has paid for.

You could say the same for conferences. The last one I attended was on the Greek island of Samos. Everyone there was there because someone else was paying for it. I honestly didn't have the gall to ask my manager to approve a business trip to a Greek vacation island, so my colleague did it. Since the costs were booked to an EU project that I was working on, he approved it.

+ - Dremel Releases 3D Printer->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "Power tool maker Dremel today announced its now selling a desktop 3D printer that it said is targeted at "the masses" with a $1,000 price tag and intuitive software. Dremel's 3D Idea Builder is a fused deposition modeling (FDM) machine that can use only one type of polymer filament, polylactide (PLA) and that comes in 10 colors. The new 3D printer has a 9-in. x 5.9-in. x 5.5-in. build area housed in a self-contained box with a detachable lid and side panels. Dremel's currently selling its machine on Amazon and The Home Depot's website, but it plans brick and mortar store sales this November."
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Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Oracle founder Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO. He will be replaced by two executives. Former Oracle presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will be co-CEOs. Ellison will be the Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board, and the company's CTO. Oracle's shares are off by 3% on the news. "Larry has made it very clear that he wants to keep working full time and focus his energy on product engineering, technology development and strategy," said the Oracle Board's Presiding Director, Dr. Michael Boskin."

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.