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Comment: Re:Just exposes the joke of "right to work" (Score 1) 270

by SteelKidney (#42668863) Attached to: Steve Jobs Threatened Palm To Stop Poaching Employees
Where to begin...

First of all, California is anything but a "Right to Work state. In fact, I'd say that Michigan is the only state where unions hold more power.
Secondly, the tech sector is largely non-union regardless of where you go.
Finally, I can assure you that as a programmer in a Right to Work state, this sort of thing doesn't happen in my area. In fact, for good software developers, the pay and benefits are going up because there aren't enough of us to keep up with the demand.

Point is, you're clearly singling out the one factor that's important to you and inflating its importance while ignoring factors that don't matter to you. Which, while common- heck, even our "So Called" leaders do it- is just about the worst way to solve a problem.

Comment: Re:Life Insurance (Score 2) 540

by SteelKidney (#40454039) Attached to: Ask Bas Lansdorp About Going to Mars, One Way

There's always a 100% chance of death. Living on Earth doesn't change that.

Life insurance is about the risk of dying before the actuarial tables say you're expected to. Which is why it's difficult and expensive to get term life insurance when you're >65.

That being said, I think the insurance premiums for a Mars colonist would be roughly that of a 200 year old that routinely snorts cocaine off a diseased gibbon's rear end.

Give or take.

Comment: Doesn't answer the question, but... (Score 1) 629

by SteelKidney (#40313315) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?
Find the nearest Lions Club and talk to them. Helping absorb the costs of hearing and sight loss is a large part of how they use the money the raise. If you're in the U.S. look up the state Lions organization rather than contacting individual clubs. Outside the U.S., I'm not sure.

Comment: Re:Mobile ads are a waste of time, space, and mone (Score 1) 203

by SteelKidney (#40285503) Attached to: The Billions In Mobile Ad Money Nobody Can Grab
Have you seen the ads? Mind you, I haven't in awhile, as I tend to use whatever ad blocking software I can find, but I seem to recall them being dominated by dating networks, gambling sites, and more ad-filled crapware written by the same people that brought you the current ad-filled crapware.

Comment: Re:The nerve (Score 1) 716

This is why capital gains taxes are... well, to avoid inflammatory rhetoric, let's call them "odd".

Facebook revenue gets taxed. Income put into the stock market is (generally) taxed. Yet, when the profits of a company get divided up among stock holders, the money gets taxed yet again. The infrastructure FB uses has been paid for in taxes a few times- corporate income taxes and payroll taxes come to mine immediately, but given how the federal government has never met a tax it didn't like, I'm sure that there are others.

A more interesting question, I think, is one of pragmatism. If the U.S. wants to continue to have a tax-based revenue stream, is it doing itself any good by fostering a tax system that is causing billionaires (not just this guy) and even some companies to leave the U.S. for better tax structures?

Comment: Re:10 years ago... (Score 2, Informative) 134

I expect that reading the Daily WTF ought to answer your question. Or Diebold's attempts to use whatever legal maneuvers they could in order to cover up the fact that they were selling extremely poor-quality software. Or the fact that Sony got so thoroughly and completely pwned over the past couple of years that it's not unreasonable to assume that anything more complicated than "Hello World" written by a Sony team is yet another hack waiting to happen.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.