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Comment Re:will not stop the publishers from making DMCA r (Score 2) 648 648

Not quite. From what I've seen, at least in some online-only colleges, it's web software that displays textbook material in a non-portable form. You don't purchase, license, or have any rights to the content at all. You pay for the right to use the reader.

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

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) 540 540

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) 629 629

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) 203 203

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:I have to ask (Score 2) 716 716

Actually he *has* paid for them. Legally. He has, and will, pay taxes for the amount of time he was a U.S. citizen. The real outcry is over his temerity in leaving the U.S., thus depriving the government of income to which it considers itself entitled.

Comment Re:The nerve (Score 1) 716 716

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 I have to ask (Score 4, Funny) 716 716

With asshats like Chuck Schumer in office, what makes him think Saverin (and many others) *want* to come back? It's a little like a hotel manager banning you from his hotel after you complain about the fact that someone took a crap on the room's bed.

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

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.

Many people write memos to tell you they have nothing to say.