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Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 2) 142

If there's a software function that seems to the EPA to be cheating on emissions tests, well, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...

Or, perhaps, now that the EPA is carrying around a hammer, everything looks like a nail? Perhaps coupled with the embarrassment of having been hoodwinked by VW for several years, leading to overcompensation/overreaction/presumptive labeling of anything they observe that they don't immediately understand? That seems pretty par for the course for a governmental bureaucracy.

Comment Re:Already shutdown (Score 1) 67

That's just plain wrong -- EDTX continues to be the forum for over 40% of all newly-filed patent cases. Yes, Judge Davis recently retired, just like Judge Ward and Judge Folsom before him. But he was one of many, and Judge Gilstrap, Judge Schneider, Judge Clark, and others are still hearing plenty of cases.

Comment Re:Too Bad For North Carolinians! (Score 1) 289

Too bad about all these state legislators who seem to feel the need to protect their constituents from super-fast internet speeds at affordable rates that the private companies never seem to feel the need to deliver.

About 15 years ago, I was one of the first to sign up for Comcast high-speed internet in my neighborhood. I basically had the whole pipe. It was awesome.

Then others in the neighborhood signed up. It sucked.

Then Comcast added more capacity and it sucked less. But it was never the same as the early days.

I'll be curious to see how you're faring in a year or two.

Comment Utter madness (Score 4, Insightful) 191

As usual, this kind of ham-handed policy will simply inconvenience (or even imperil) tens to hundreds of thousands of innocent, law-abiding people while the criminals will simply switch (if they haven't already) to a different means of remote activation.

I'd love to say it's unbelievable, but it's becoming sadly predictable.

Comment Re:The (in)justice system (Score 1) 291

some crimes go unpunished . . . since with a plea bargain you're punishing some other crime, not the one that really happened.

Um, no. If the evidence is airtight that a crime really happened, it's not nearly as likely to get plea-bargained in the first place. Otherwise, there is no "really happened."

Yeah, the law says that you shouldn't smoke marijuana.

Many, many crimes are plea bargained other than the drug possession crimes everyone in this thread is harping on. It's a convenient scapegoat, but even if all drug possession were legalized tomorrow we would still need plea bargaining as the triage/resource management tool I originally mentioned.

Comment Re:The (in)justice system (Score 1) 291

Sure -- if you're going to eliminate existing crimes, you'll have less plea bargains. But unless all plea bargains are for what you're referring to as prohibition crimes (and they aren't), you're still going to have more people in the system than you have resources to take to trial. The numbers I mentioned above may change (though not as much as you may think), but you're still going to have to make a call on how to deal with the layer of people the justice system, as currently funded and staffed, can't try in a reasonable timeframe.

Comment Re:The (in)justice system (Score 1) 291

That's EXACTLY what we want and what you should want -- unless you're a fucking totalitarian sociopathic boot-licker

You know, I'm having a hard time deciding whether your overly charming tone or your illuminating choice of moniker is the top reason why I won't be losing any sleep over not seeing eye to eye with you on what constitutes a "civilized country."

Damn right we need to only pursue the "egregious criminals," because in every civilized country on the planet, what you call the "egregious criminals" are the only criminals!

Since I didn't draw any kind of a box around a set of "egregious criminals," the only way this statement can remotely make sense is if you're really convinced that nobody who takes a plea bargain actually committed a crime worthy of punishment. If so, you're welcome (and in fact I would strongly encourage you) to go live in one of the countries you consider "civilized." It's hard to imagine more of a win-win.

Comment Re:The (in)justice system (Score 5, Insightful) 291

"plea bargains" should be absolutely forbidden.

You're assuming infinite resources. As it is, would you prefer a system where (1) your taxes now have to cover a 20-30-fold increase in state and federal courts (and prosecutors) needed to take all cases to trial; (2) on the other side of the bar, an even higher percentage of the population becomes criminal defense lawyers; and (3) you yourself end up on jury duty multiple times a year?

Or, would you rather a world where the prosecutors just pursue the most egregious criminals given the limited resources they have, and put everyone else right back out on the streets with no deterrent whatsoever?

I'm not suggesting the current plea-bargain system is optimal or that incremental changes aren't possible. What I am suggesting that you can't just throw out such a fundamental piece without stepping back and redesigning the entire system.

Submission + - SPAM: The Game Changing SEO Strategies For 2015 And Beyond

Leonardinhio writes: With 2015 coming up around the corner, SEM and SEO experts are looking ahead at what strategies to use to make the most of their efforts.

The issue at hand is that the way SEO and SEM work often changes. Search engines like Google have been ramping up their policing of websites that use old, unethical tactics like keyword stuffing and spammy backlinks. The old skool ways of doing SEO just don’t work anymore and with Google pushing the envelope regarding their algorithm technologies, the modern day SEM has got to change their game or die on the vine.

Basically, the new game is one where long term results are more preferable. The days of telling clients that their site will hit the top of Google in a matter of days are long over. Reason being is because the old ways of doing SEO are now penalized. This brings us to the real deal regarding long term SEO results. This is done by several simple factors but the toughest of them all.

Bottom line is that the SE’s want people to enjoy searching and not having to get a populated list of spammy websites when they’re looking for relevant information. All the keywords and keyphrases in the world aren’t going to work anymore. Google knows this and now they focus on content, design, and true relevance. This means that SEO pros are going to have to tell their clients that it’s time to get on the good foot and build sites that are meaningful, relevant, and without unethical presence.

Quality content is the key here. Not lots of links to other people’s videos and pictures but original content, well written copy and links that are ethical will mean that in the long run, the site will rise in the SE’s and be more stable. Impatient clients are only going to suffer if they don’t game change. In addition, trying to get great content cheap is not going to work anymore. Hiring copywriters from poor countries will only get you poor content and you will lose out in the short and long term. This isn’t a game of rush in and rush out anymore. Now you’ve got to work for your SEO results.

Will the new world of SEO change with the times and technology? They had better and do so fast. No more laziness and backroom dealings to get clients to pay big money for ineffective results. Now it’s time to go to work and work hard. Any SEO or SEM pro who doesn’t engage in a lengthy discussion about the time it will take to get good results is a fool. It took years to come to this but it was due to happen as the public got tired of spammy SE results and when surfers leave, money is lost. Google can’t afford to have some new up and coming SE that establishes a sound ethical policy and technology that the surfers enjoy or Google’s reign at the top will fall and fall hard. That being said, SEO experts had best do some due diligence and prepare for the new way of doing things.

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Submission + - Pluto-Bound spacecraft ends hibernation to start mission

An anonymous reader writes: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft awoke from hibernation on Saturday and sent a radio confirmation that it had successfully turned itself back on one and a half hours later. The spacecraft has been travelling for nine years across the solar system towards its destination, Pluto. From the article: "In 2006, with New Horizons already on its way, Pluto was stripped of its title as the ninth planet in the solar system and became a dwarf planet, of which more than 1,000 have since been discovered in the Kuiper Belt. With New Horizons approaching Pluto's doorstep, scientists are eager for their first close-up look at this unexplored domain."

Comment Re:Why tax profits, why not income? (Score 1) 602

Individuals aren't taxes based on their profit but income. Corporations should minimally be held to the same standard.

Taxing businesses' income rather than their profits would severely disadvantage businesses with ultra-thin profit margins (e.g., supermarkets, whose net profit before taxes currently averages under 2%).

If your profit margin isn't high enough to cover this tax then you shouldn't incorporate.

See above, and be careful what you wish for -- bye bye supermarkets. Or, I suppose their other option in your world would be to raise their prices by ~4.5% across the board so their net profit would remain the same. Hard to imagine a more regressive tax than that.

1000 pains = 1 Megahertz