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Comment: Re:Once a government has your money, no give backs (Score 1) 117 117

Here in Argentina, if you forget to make a payment, or if AFIP (our tax office) believes you under-withheld more than just a tiny bit, they might FREEZE ALL YOUR ASSETS countrywide without any warning, including your personal *and* business accounts, credit cards, etc. That is their way of letting you know that you forgot to make a payment - they treat you like you were a first-class criminal. Be grateful you live in a country where the government shows a little respect for its citizens.

Comment: Re:Once a government has your money, no give backs (Score 1) 117 117

You are lucky to live in a 1st world country. Here in Argentina, AFIP will never send you a cheque, even when they *know* you paid twice. In some cases, you can apply overpayments to future payments, in most cases you can't.

Comment: Re:A poor workman... (Score 1) 281 281

A great workman doesn't work with inferior tools, and so he has no need to blame them.

A great workman know which tools are inferior. If someone says PHP is a great language and chooses it for a new project, either he doesn't have the talent to be a good programmer or he doesn't know any other language.

+ - Cisco complains to Obama about NSA adding spyware to routers

pdclarry writes: Glenn Greenwald's book No Place to Hide reveals that the NSA intercepts shipments of networking gear destined for overseas and adds spyware. Cisco has responded by asking the President to intervene and stop this practice, as it has severely hurt their non-US business, with shipments to other countries falling from 7% for emerging countries to over 25% for Brazil and Russia.

+ - Bitcoin's Mt. Gox Shuts Down, Loses $409,200,000 Dollars->

satuon writes: Mt. Gox’s shutdown is circulating like wildfire. Its repercussions are being felt throughout the world. Mt. Gox was the most public and well-known brand that represented Bitcoin’s exchange market. The company’s shutdown is rumored to be caused by a “hack” or “security breach” that resulted in a loss up to 744,000 BTC or $409,200,000 Dollars. (Based on the approximate value just hours ago from This is truly an unfortunate event that has caused the international community to shake its trust in Bitcoin as evidenced by the massive price drop. This is par the course, when a pillar in the community falls in such a funeral pyre. The best parallel would be the Bear Stearns’ failure during the 2008 global financial crisis. Hopefully, Bitcoin won’t follow in the financial system’s footsteps post-Bear Stearns.
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Comment: Re:You Don't (Score 1) 384 384

What is your problem with this? Nobody said you should work for peanuts, and more important, nobody said you want to take advantage of the situation. It's just easier to get the client's attention about the idiot expert's failures when they cost money. Also, you shouldn't be paying for the expert's failures with your own time. If your client trusts you and you manage to structure contracts like this, the problem might even take care of itself.

Comment: Re:You Don't (Score 5, Insightful) 384 384

A lot of times there is NO solution:
- problem is badly described,
- idiot expert promises quick, simple solution and explaining why it won't work takes an excessive amount of time or knowledge that the client doesn't have,
- idiot expert knows client from college,
- idiot expert lives next door and you work offshore from South America,
- client company is populated by alpha males who like quick decisions and never back down,
- a combination of the above (I have first hand knowledge about this situation).

Sometimes the best option is to watch the explosion from far away enough that you're not killed and near enough to be the first responder.

Comment: Beta protest (Score 1) 144 144

How about protesting (and not commenting) on even days and commenting normally on odd days? That way, Dice will be able to gauge how much of their so called "audience" that creates the actual deliverable of the site is leaving for good, while still preserving some value just in case they see the error of their ways soon.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.