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Comment: US laws ---- vs the world and blowback (Score 4, Informative) 419

The US is in a weak position, because in order to create a uniform standard of international law to address this sort of thing, the US will have to work as an equal with other countries who are already suspicious of US motives. The US knows this, which is why they are trying to bulldoze their way through this. The issue here is international law, and the laws of other countries involved. The HUGE problem is this: If MS is forced to turn over the data that is in another country (and possibly causing MS to violate the laws of that country) , then another country, using exactly the same ruling, could force a US company to obey its laws. Here's and example: Russia finds a worm , virus, whatever in some software that it's government is using, and that their data was stolen. Russian law allows confiscation of all computer hardware and the people involved held in jail until trial in Russia. The Russian government decides that the infection was present in software that was on the computer at the time of purchase, and as a result that company must have Russia's data, so now Russia can send its enforcers over here and confiscate..... Ooops. What MS is doing is trying to prevent a very shortsighted US ruling of opening a Pandora's box that can be used against the US.

Comment: An end run (Score 1) 502

by doginthewoods (#47583125) Attached to: Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers
" One of the reasons why companies put data centers in Ireland is to comply with EU rules about the locations of personal information. If the US can pierce EU rules regarding personal information simply because someone in the US has access to the servers, then that could lead to EU rules prohibiting such access." And the US is attempting an end run around the established Interpol channels and other countries' laws. And, in typically ignoramus US fashion, the US is unaware of what precedent it will set, if this is successful, and how it will blow back in their faces, if another country tries it. As much as the US would like to ignore reality, the truth is the servers are in another country, and,no matter who owns them, they are subject to that countries rules and regulations. The US is attempting to impose its laws on the rest of the world. You are right- this is not a matter for the US courts, it is for the world court to decide. And my bet is the WC will decide that the laws of the country where the servers are located will prevail.

Comment: two points (Score 1) 1330

The SC has now opened two doors: 1- who will define what "Christian values" are? Could a Catholic bookstore charge Baptist patrons more? And what of non Christian companies - can an conservative Jewish run business be allowed to flog customers that do not cover their heads? The way the ruling is, anyone can claim Christian values, no matter what they may be. I could now sell my fictional daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Leviticus and nothing can be done to stop me, because it's "Christian values". or heck, even a return to polygamy. And note what Robert Reich said today - in sum, to quote the court -âoeThe most straightforward way of doing this would be for the Government to assume the cost of providing the four contraceptives at issue to any women who are unable to obtain them under their health-insurance policies due to their employersâ(TM) religious objections.â IOW, the court just established single payer for people who cannot get health coverage, even if it is their employer who fails to provide it..

Comment: A couple of things: (Score 2) 1010

by doginthewoods (#45824955) Attached to: New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution
"it's self-evident. if you believe in unprovable things your brain is defective." not so long ago, radio was considered to be "magic". "Unprovable" things could also be worded as "things we haven't been able to prove / have not discovered / our senses do not detect, yet". We know that ultra violet light exists, but our eyes and brains do not detect it. Without technology, we would not know that UV existed, so, using your premise, our brains are defective. Uh, wrong... And This: "religion is the politics of spirituality". IOW, a smart person sees through the dogma of a religious sect, which is, after all, nothing more than a social group that functions the way all social groups do. They have rules of membership, and it is these rules that smart people see as being irrelevant to their spiritual values. For example, it is not true that you will go to hell if you are not baptized by complete immersion. Silly. Smart people see that there is no need to belong to a particular religion to have any spiritual values, and by and large, they are suspicious of the motivations of the religious leader, and skeptical of "worship"of some deity. Which is why some religions have a fit if you do not belong to a religious group. That makes you a threat to the foundation fo their social group, and they can't have that, so, whether you be atheist or an independent believer in some sort of cosmic order / cause and effect / karma, that makes you "the enemy". Religions do not liek people who ask too many questions and they insist that their dogma be taken on faith alone, and you are showing a lack of faith by asking too many questions. Which is why I got out of organized religion long ago. They do now want their followers to be too self aware, because self awareness leads to seeing through a social construct, and society in itself.

Comment: and to add to this (Score 1) 208

by doginthewoods (#45446675) Attached to: Object Lessons: Evan Booth's Post-Checkpoint Airport Weapons

Tell the president, if he gets a daily briefing (Aug 6, 2001) from the CIA entitled "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US" about a very possible terrorist attack on the WTC (which would be attempt #3) the should do more than say "OK, you've covered your ass".

To think, all Bush had to do was to read the PDB, and warn the airlines to step up security and be alert for a possible cockpit takeover. Maybe even install a lock on the door - there was time to do that.

Comment: two things: (Score 1) 926

by doginthewoods (#45386617) Attached to: Where Does America's Fear Come From?
TV and ignorance. Ignorance allows people to be easily manipulated, because they don't know or don't question, and TV / mass media is the manipulator that encourages ignorance and sells fear. Turn on the tube and count the instances of violence in 4 hours, on a major channel. Count the number of shootings, explosions, bullets fired. Count the number of violent "others". Informed people who are not subject to a daily barrage of scare tactics are not easily led, so best to keep them dumb and scared, and they will vote against their own interests every time.

Comment: Question: (Score 1, Insightful) 183

by doginthewoods (#44622833) Attached to: Can There Be Open Source Music?
So how is a musician going to make a living in music? Would you ask your doctor to be open source? Would you ask him to operate "for the door? Would you ask you mechanic to work on your car "for exposure"? Do you expect people to give money to musicians out of sheer appreciation? Let me tell you from experience - this does not happen. I have yet to compose and record a sound track that I was paid for out of the goodness of the client' hearts. My wife has several CDs out, performances done on camera, and she needs the royalties from singing, composing, publishing, recording, rights to the master, re- use, etc., to live off of. Let me ask this question, then - why are musicians held to a different standards than doctors, teachers, workers, etc., who expect to get paid for what they do? Would you guys code / IT for free? Of course not.

Comment: Make a careful note (Score 0) 716

by doginthewoods (#43783945) Attached to: Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds
that these exemptions have been used for years by GE, Exxon, etc., and they have never been called to Washington to defend themselves. Why Apple? Why now? And, most important, if Apple is held to an interpretation of the tax laws, Will Exxon, Halliburton, GE, Wal -Mart, the Koch Brother, etc., also be called in and held to the same standards? I think not. Congress knows very well that these companies are their funders and they will get a warning very soon to back off of Apple, lest they be dragged into the spotlight.

Comment: I think there is an issue being ignored (Score 0) 327

which is, most countries tax profits made within their borders. That is, if Google made money in France, then they must pay taxes in France. So, demanding that these companies pay taxes twice, on the same overseas profits, is not reasonable. Which, IIRC, was the point of why the tax exception was written that way.

Comment: my input (Score 1) 159

by doginthewoods (#43635381) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Teach IT To Senior Management?
I recently took a position at a small industrial equipment manufacturer. We are looking to buy a new ERM software package and my boss, who is looking forward to buy the thing, knows nothing about computers or software. I will be providing basic IT training to the senior management and I am looking for your input on the scope and content of said training. I am thinking: basic components and architecture -> networking -> software -> proprietary vs open source. What do you think?" This has less to do with tech, than it does with salesmanship. What you are selling here is information - you have to teach them in a manner they will "buy" it. To start, in order to be successful, you should learn who you are "selling" to. Some SM's will want to know everything, some just want to know how much it will cost and how much trouble, other may want to know how it will improve the company. Know your audience is the first step to successful "sales". Save your tech jargon and KISS, and keep your pitch in terms a 7th grader can understand. PP is a good idea, but I think it would be good as a simple back drop, if you use PP, then PP should serve only to reinforce your points. Don't be the guy who puts up a PP slide, then reads off of it - you'll lose them quick that way. My suggestion is to build your presentation and allow for a Q and A, maybe as you go along, or maybe at the end, but I think it is a must that you allow them to ask questions and then answer in front of all of SMs. I suggest a step by step response, so you can make sure they understand it as you go along. One SM may not want to see it the way another does, or may not know how to ask the right questions, biut another does, so this will help you make your case without risking blowback, like "you never told us that in presentation."

Comment: simple ways (Score 0) 189

is to use a remote mike either on the conductor or on an ensemble member, to simply speak the precount or downbeat. or a footswitch, to be stepped on in time to to music, although this can be tricky with different count ins. The footswitch could be rigged to a relay, that would "thump" the underside of the piano bench or a chair. either could be used with a small amp and small monitor speaker, or maybe an open ear ITE monitor

Comment: No the missing piece (Score -1, Troll) 436

by doginthewoods (#42763201) Attached to: Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul
is Ammunition (and ammunition making equipment, like reloaders) control. Nowhere does any of these proposals address that. Simply put, a gun with no bullets is as deadly is a brick. And if it was as hard to buy bullets as it is to buy prescription narcotics, then we would not have nearly the number of gun related deaths we have now.

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