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Comment Re:Just in time to phase it out (Score 2) 85 85

That's OK, the troll has probably already filed for patents on using some other encryption algorithm they didn't invent with some other communications protocol they didn't invent, that was originally designed to be able to use the algorithm in the way they claim they invented.

Comment Re:You joke, but maybe this is what needs doing (Score 1) 195 195

Better yet would be if the vendors just took care of it, of course, but given their lack of motivation and alacrity

Perhaps the first step could be to hack the execs' phones and make them send text messages out to all the employees telling them that this patch needs to be pushed ASAP.

Comment Re: Scripts that interact with passwords fields aw (Score 1) 358 358

Is that like the login form AT&T used for a while to pretend it was all mobile-6-point-oh-like where the password field was a plain text box with a script that turned the letters you typed into dots after you type the next letter?

There's a reason that all the major browsers don't autofill forms until you tell it to.

Comment Re:HL3HL3HL3 (Score 1) 57 57

At this point, HL3 (or even just "HL2 episode 3") is going to become Valve's Daikatana or Duke Nukem Forever. Just following on from the end of Hl2e2 is going to be a huge hurdle (their writer must be at least this good in order to get on this ride) never mind whatever Source engine technology they want to show off.

I think that Newell sees only two possibilities: 1) they never make the game or 2) they make the game and everyone hates it.

Comment Re:nothing new under the sun (Score 1) 446 446

Single 39.6% tax threshold: $41320
Married 39.6% tax threshold: $46850

In order for this to be a tax ADVANTAGE for two earners, the 39.6% threshold would have to be at least $82640. This is actually a penalty, since if both spouses make $40k, before they married their taxes each would have been below 39.6%, now that they're married, nearly all of the second spouse's income is taxed at the higher rate.

Comment Re:nothing new under the sun (Score 4, Insightful) 446 446

You also get tax breaks for the marriage thing

Standard deduction, single: $6300
Standard deduction, married filing jointly: $12600

The only tax break you get is if your wife is a stay-at-home mom where you can double your tax deduction. Of course, then she runs the risk of losing all her credits etc from having no income.

if you have kids, you get those breaks too

You get those breaks as a single parent too.

Comment Re:Can we hear from an IRS apologist? (Score 4, Insightful) 334 334

it's not possible for an honest person to have need of the 5th amendment

Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.

Remember that next time you talk to a cop and they don't feel you were "concerned" enough about the situation and use that fact against you in a court of law: http://reason.com/blog/2014/08...

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 166 166

nothing you can't have in perl today, with a relational database, and a table or two to track relationships between objects.

Sure, and there have been written entire books and essays and algorithms on how to get your relational database to store and return a hierarchy. It reminds me of those highschool programming challenges where you implement a binary tree in a single array because why the fuck not?

But instead, it's a whole new opportunity to create problems!

Every language invented in the 60's was a whole new opportunity to create problems. The problem now is continuing to use it without fixing the problems. Even PHP has made improvements to the language.

Comment Re:Good point, but Uber is a bad example (Score 1) 432 432

because the choice is between Government enslavement and anarchy.

You seem to believe the choice is between ignoring laws because it suits you and ignoring laws because it suits me. The third option, which respects the rule of law: working within the framework of government to change the laws.

As you pick and choose what laws you think you should bother to follow, keep in mind that whatever moral high ground you claim to possess that gives you this power will also be claimed by others.

My mother is a fish. - William Faulkner

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