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Comment: Re:Refunds indicate bad tax planning (Score 1) 630

by StormReaver (#46755219) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

It would be better to owe $2K each year than to expect refunds.

As part of a reasonably complete tax plan, yes. But the people who depend on refunds at the end of the year don't have the knowledge or ability to plan for a large (or even small) tax debt, and so won't have the $2000 available to pay those taxes. For the vast, vast number of people, overpaying their taxes is the only thing keeping them from ruin.

Comment: Re:He's entitled to spend his money as he wishes.. (Score 0) 112

by StormReaver (#46572541) Attached to: JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

He's entitled to his opinion and he's entitled to spend the money he has earned as he sees fit.

And everyone else is entitled to their opinion that he's a hateful asshole. What you're saying is, "he's entitled to his opinion, but no one else is entitled to a contrary opinion."

Comment: Re:The most damning aspect of this affair (Score 2) 259

by StormReaver (#46523055) Attached to: Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

Our corrupt government allows corporations to poison our food in order to poison the bugs that eat it.
The bugs evolve to resist the poison, making the poison pointless.
Our government allows corporations to continue poisoning our food because the corporations have become dependent on the income the poisoning provides.
We are still being poisoned, and will continue to be poisoned.

Yet genetically altering our food is somehow still considered a good thing by the clueless. Sadly, the clueless are the ones making the decisions and supporting those making the decisions.

Comment: Re:Reality in the USA.... (Score 4, Interesting) 529

by StormReaver (#46504693) Attached to: The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

Oh that not so bright kid that can run and catch really good? he is a superstar!

You've really only touched upon the disfunction in American society. I could write a Ph.d thesis on how the United States is breeding itself into obsolecense. We are a country that is more obsessed with brawny men in tight pants moving a ball from one end of a large field to another than we are with keeping our country educated and competitive.

When I was getting my degree, our school would close off parking for academic purposes so the football spectators could park. Nevermind that we had group assignments to complete; there be a bunch of young boys moving their balls across the field!

Our society is slitting its own throat.

Comment: Re:What they're really afraid of, I think... (Score 3, Insightful) 279

by StormReaver (#46498207) Attached to: The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

Billionaires tend to be far more critical of what their money finances than government granting authorities.

True, but the outcome is not usually what you are implying. Billionaires tend to put their money where there is the most to gain for themselves, while governments have a stronger motivation to fund important fundamental discoveries that do not provide an immediate return on investment.

Consider all of the scandals involving made up data.

Both privately and publicly funded entities do this. At least publicly funded entities can be cross-checked. Privately funded entities are under no pressure to disclose all their sources, and will be even less so as private funding of science becomes more socially acceptable.

A billionaire who discovers shenanigans certainly won't fund that researcher again, a government agency probably will.

To a billionaire, "shenanigans" means that the "researcher" didn't arrive at the results the billionaire paid for. So yes, the billionaire will not fund that researcher again.

...it's pretty obvious that private donors are more likely to scrutinize than public sector donors.

Yes, but only to make sure that the private donors' political biases take precedence over the truth.

Billionaires have the luxury of blowing their money however they see fit.

And they will only "blow" their money on endeavors that make them more money. How do you think they became billionaires to begin with?

This is how science got funded during its first centuries as a discipline when many of the giants of science did their work.

Lots and lots and lots of good science had to fight and uphill battle against the political desires of private patrons back then, which held back scientific progress rather than promoted it.

No, private funding of the sciences was, is, and will be a disaster.

Comment: Bye Bye 4th Amendment (Score 2) 500

by StormReaver (#46349059) Attached to: Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

This effectively removes the fourth amendment prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure: Just keep arresting and hauling away occupants until one of the remaining occupants gets too scared to invoke his Constitutional right.

All six Justices who voted for this need to be impeached for treason.

Comment: Re:The court is right (Score 1) 427

by StormReaver (#46347733) Attached to: YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices

With the current wording GEMA looks like the bad guy.

Hmmm...let's see:

1) GEMA (presumably) has the legal right to license the music.

2) GEMA has not licensed the music, and ordered Google to remove it.

3) Google removed it, and explained that it has been removed due to 1 and 2 above.

So what part of that is Google's fault? Google explained very factually that the rights owner has not granted Google a license to exhibit the music, and GEMA has a hissy fit. Seems like GEMA is the bad guy. Or at the very least, it seems like GEMA is run by a bunch of emotionally stunted 12 year-olds.

Comment: Leaked Copy (Score 1) 304

by StormReaver (#46333301) Attached to: Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance

I just got my hands on a leaked copy of the cirriculum, and I'm posting it here in its entirety:

Chapter 1: In The Beginning
God did it.

Chapter 2: Your Responsibilities
God did it.

Chapter 3: Your Future
God did it.

Please pick up your State of Oklahoma diploma on your way out into the real world.

Comment: Re:Well shit - that explains a lot (Score 1) 347

by StormReaver (#46333167) Attached to: NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

Seen the Snowden character assassination even here on Slashdot.

And they're still trying to assassinate Julian Assange's character (see yesterday's Slashdot stories) in a transparent attempt to divert attention away from their highly illegal/unconstitional behavior.

Comment: NSA Campaign (Score 4, Informative) 359

Remember, the NSA's stated M.O. is to publicly smear Julian Assange in order to get people to divert focus away from the crimes commited by the U.S. Federal Government.

Julian's character is an irrelevant distraction, so don't get drawn into a debate over the messenger. Stay on message: The U.S. Federal Government has committed crimes against its people, and will do anything to cover it up.

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