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Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 839

by Zan Lynx (#48161119) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

To ask how that tax has been recast as the murder of all that's American (think of the family farms!!!! what family farms?)

So because the tax system has succeeded in destroying most of America's family farms it's OK now because there aren't any left? Huh?

I think it's ridiculous that most of the family farms left have had to incorporate, hire accountanting firms and use all the sneaky tricks just to stay in business and keep their land. The estate tax burden is a lot less on 1/6th of a farm when a stockholder dies and it's easier to get loans to cover it.

Also beware of statistics because some sources like to say family farms have vanished and all that's left is corporate farming. Are they counting family owned corporations as family or corporate?

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 2) 839

by Zan Lynx (#48160965) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Does income inequality actually matter though?

If Person A makes a million dollars a year but lives exactly the same lifestyle as Person B who makes $100,000 a year, does it matter?

It seems to me that no one would know or CARE if Person A has $100 million in investments and bank accounts if he lives just like everyone else.

So it is really more of a lifestyle inequality that makes people upset.

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 2) 839

by Zan Lynx (#48160893) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Deductions are important for anyone who is in business. If businesses (from one person muffin bakers, to 1,000 people factories) cannot deduct business expenses then that leads directly into heavy pressure to vertically integrate by buying suppliers and sellers. Until the only businesses that can compete are the Exxons and Conacos who own the oil rigs, the refineries, the pipelines, the trucks and the gas stations.

Otherwise each sale between business entities incurrs a 10% flat tax.

Comment: Security Trying To Hold Back Progress, Again (Score 1) 60

by Zan Lynx (#47585303) Attached to: Multipath TCP Introduces Security Blind Spot

So here we have security vendors trying YET AGAIN to hold back progress in Internet protocols. They did it with window scaling, ECN and IPv6. Each new invention doesn't work with their snake oil so they either disable it or tell people not to use it.

They like to lock down HTTP too, preventing anything that doesn't "look right." As if a server would respond to PUT or OPTION if it didn't intend to support that.

Comment: Re: Fire(wall) and forget (Score 1) 348

Software that monitors the traffic for unusual patterns or attack patterns is not a firewall. It is an IDS (or IPS depending on configuration) such as Snort.

Consumer desktop PCs have "antivirus" software which is a combination of firewall, IDS, antivirus and other malware detection systems. Enterprise network admins have firewall, IDS, NAT, and many other systems with each one configured separately.

Network admins have many words for things like Eskimos do for snow because precision is important.

Comment: Re:If only (Score 2) 216

by Zan Lynx (#46784933) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

But how do you know which parts are relevant to you?

I mean, you might think a little thing like the Constitution is perfectly clear when it lays out the rules for regulating interstate commerce. I bet you didn't know that growing wheat on your own small farm and eating it yourself is interstate commerce.

Comment: Re:the one flaw in that (Score 1) 860

by Zan Lynx (#46421095) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

I was wrong about XP needing to map all 3 GB of video RAM.

It is more accurate to say that Windows XP limits the GPU to a 256 MB window. The GPU would perform a lot better if all of its memory was mapped for direct access.

The newer pieces of GPU hardware and drivers are using zero-copy direct memory access with addressing that is the same on the GPU and the CPU which allows sharing of data structures without copies or modifications. That can't be done in a 256 MB window, or if it can, not well.

Comment: Re:Necessary sometimes (Score 1) 572

How do you expect the keyboard is attached? USB. I've actually seen this, in person. A machine with sealed USB ports ... and a USB keyboard and mouse. Really. What was IT thinking?

I bet the IT guy who did the job was a contractor. 'Uh yeah, here's a work order to seal up all the open USB ports.' "What about the keyboard?" "Doesn't say. Don't ask questions: its 20 hours of easy work at $60/hr."

The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad