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Comment: Re:If you hear competitiveness, reach for your gun (Score 1) 542

by bwashed75 (#34297036) Attached to: Google Warns Irish Government Against Tax Increase

There are one million factors to consider when setting up a business. Somehow I don't think "What if it hurts when we leave the country?" is all that high up on the list.

If they want to leave, make it hurt badly(if not something that outright kills the company). Then make the company an example of how things can go wrong in a robbery

And then no company will want to set up shop in your country again.


Survey Says To UK — Repeal Laws of Thermodynamics 208

Posted by kdawson
from the einstein-is-next-up-against-the-wall dept.
mostxlnt writes "As we noted, the new Tory UK government has launched a website asking its subjects which laws they'd most like repealed. There are proposals up for repeal of the Laws of Thermodynamics: Second, Third, and all (discussion thread on this one closed by a moderator). One comment on the Third [now apparently deleted] elucidated: 'Without the Third Law of Thermodynamics, it would be possible to build machines that would last forever and provide an endless source of cheap energy. thus solving both potential crises in energy supply as well as solving the greenhouse gas problem in one step... simples... eh?'"

Ranking Soccer Players By Following the Bouncing Ball 142

Posted by timothy
from the well-it-ain't-baseball dept.
sciencehabit excerpts from an interesting report on statistics for soccer, in the stats-obsessed world of sports: "Only a handful of soccer ranking systems exist, most of which rely on limited information: the number of goals scored in a match, the number of goals assisted, and some indices of a match's difficulty and importance. ... So researchers turned to an unlikely source: social networks. Applying the kinds of mathematical techniques used to map Facebook friends and other networks, the team created software that can trace the ball's flow from player to player. As the program follows the ball, it assigns points for precise passing and for passes that ultimately lead to a shot at the goal. Whether the shot succeeds doesn't matter. Only the ball's flow toward the goal and each player's role in getting it there factors into the program's point system, which then calculates a skill index for each team and player."

Flash Builder 4 — Defective By Design? 66

Posted by timothy
from the mote-in-your-eye dept.
ApolloX writes "Adobe has released its new version of the Flex Builder, now renamed Flash Builder 4. This version is radically different from previous versions of Flex, introducing the new Spark architecture and theme support. While I am pleased Adobe has finally added support for Eclipse 3.5, I am disappointed with some of the new architecture changes that make doing simple things, such as skinning a button, now quite cumbersome."

Comment: Slashvertising bullshit. (Score 2, Insightful) 111

by bwashed75 (#30568738) Attached to: Amazon Sells More Ebooks On Christmas Than Real Books

Sure, they probably sold a few Kindles this Christmas. But my guess is they compare annual low with annual high here. Who the fuck buys paper books on Christmas day?!
- You're guaranteed a long wait for the item to arrive in the post due to holidays.
- You're busy with whatever family-holiday thing you do.
- It's a bit late buying that book as a gift.
- If it's for yourself, you probably bought it already.. when you bought Christmas gifts two week ago.
- You've already got lots of new stuff.

Comment: Re:Wrong solution (Score 1) 143

by bwashed75 (#30113838) Attached to: Hackers Fail To Crack Brazilian Voting Machines
Rubber hosing is a potential issue, but there are 2 factors that limit the risk:
1) The written receit only needs to be kept until your entry is confirmed in the public records.
2) You are free to hand your receit over to anyone you trust and they could verify the public record for you. This could be individuals or an organisation.

If you put your receit in a box together with 1000 others immediately after you have voted you reduce the risk of having your vote exposed. You do have to trust the people/organisation looking after that box that they will fulfill your obligation to check the public records, though. But you're free to choose whom to give that receit to yourself.

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