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Comment: Re:When you have a security hole, you close it (Score 1) 318

by geekmux (#49372639) Attached to: Sign Up At Before Crooks Do It For You

Except in this case, you can't; not without abolishing the IRS, in which case your desire to protect yourself and your privacy is right-wing lunacy. Right?

Ah, who is responsible for introducing this problem on the website?

Now you have identified the organization responsible for fixing the damn thing.

Comment: Re:Way to piss off customers, Apple. (Score 2) 190

Why the fuck do people put up with that shit? Even in Commieland they eventually said "enough, no more queuing up for nothing!"

Why do they put up with it?

Apparently you missed that whole part about the fire marshal being the one to institute the policy. Are you telling me that the human body burns differently when set on fire in "Commieland", or do people there simply not put up with all that safety bullshit meant to protect your life..

I'm guessing it's the latter, to which I'm not sure I would agree with people that clearly have zero fucks to give when it comes to personal safety.

Comment: Re:The fear of not getting what you want if you wa (Score 1) 190

Artificial scarcity. Loss aversion. Marketing: The art of making people feel like they're losing something that they don't even have yet. This offer may never be repeated. Only valid while supplies last. Order now and get a free dildo with your Apple watch.

And still people are deathly afraid of deflation. The consumer electronics market has for decades been delivering better products to those who wait, but people still fall over themselves and jump through hoops to GET. SHIT. NOW.

2 weeks used to be acceptable to receive a hand-written letter delivered by carriage or boat.

Then 2 days was unacceptable being delivered by faster transportation, so the telegram came along, reducing that time to mere minutes.

These days, even waiting minutes to receive an electronic message of some kind is pathetically slow.

Instant Gratification. We did this shit to ourselves because I can still pick up a pen and paper. You just refuse to wait.

Also, people don't give one shit about deflation. Why? Because even the consumers have figured out how long consumer-grade hardware usually lasts, and they don't care. They'll just throw it away and replace it whenever it breaks and chalk it up to "bad timing" or "shitty luck".

Comment: A moat is too old-fashioned. (Score 1) 175

..."When I hear moat, I think medieval times," says William Callahan, assistant director for the office of protective operation at the Secret Service."

Yeah, we wouldn't want to get too old-fashioned here as we build these upgrades to fend off religious fanatics and their ideals that go back thousands of years.

Comment: Re:They have the freedom to leave it they want (Score 1) 885

by geekmux (#49360489) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Freedom of religion is also freedom from religion.

No! No it isn't. Freedom of religion is the right to believe in whatever religion you want, or none at all, without the government forcing you into a more narrowly restricted subset.

At no point is the government allowed to suppress the religious beliefs of other people, just because those beliefs are unpopular. That is exactly the sort of the thing the 1st Amendment was written to prevent the government from doing.

If I walk into a butcher shop that carries dozens of animal varieties but they refuse to serve cow meat based on their beliefs, I'm gonna wonder why they're being intolerant of my belief to walk into a butcher shop and buy what the hell I want. I'm in your store to buy hamburger, not wonder or understand why you refuse to.

That is what I mean by tolerance and freedom from religion. Business is about serving the needs of every customer. If you want to shape your business around those beliefs, fine. You WILL pay for it in the end with smaller profits or even bankruptcy due to your limited ability to recognize every human being as a potential revenue stream.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 660

by geekmux (#49346279) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

I love it how when a big company for once doesn't choose for the money but actually takes a stance against a star misbehaving, and then everybody is like "sucks being them, they'll lose a lot of money over this".

Do we want them to be ethical, or just chasing money no matter the consequences? Either of both appear to be the wrong thing to do it seems.

Perhaps this little fact will explain this phenomenon.

Greed has absolutely nothing to do with ethics.

Comment: Re:Coating causes growth of superfluous genitalia (Score 1) 172

I'm pretty sure even in the US american cheese is labeled as cheese food, i.e. a food product with cheese in it, and not cheese. Just saying since your statement "in most of the world" seemed to imply the US considered it cheese, when I'm pretty sure that even we don't.

Well, we kind of do, in the same way that we kind of call it cheese...

Comment: Re:They have the freedom to leave it they want (Score 2) 885

by geekmux (#49338763) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Same as a business owner should have protection from not having to produce something for pedophilia if it is against their religion.

Freedom of religion is also freedom from religion.

Running a business should imply tolerance. If you are too blinded by your own religion to see that, have fun with the bankruptcy paperwork, because the world around you is becoming intolerant of this bullshit.

Comment: Re:Not just the thumb (Score 0) 45

by geekmux (#49337983) Attached to: Researchers: Smartphone Use Changing Our Brain and Thumb Interaction

Cell phone use causes the brain to disconnect from the whole body. When you spend your whole day staring at that tiny screen ignoring everything around you many things go wrong.

Depends on the definition of "wrong".

I consider a group of people all ignoring each other at the end of a dinner because they're all too busy catching on their cell phones as "wrong", but society seems to welcome and accept this rude behavior.

To me, society has disconnected from society, and the products people embrace tell the story as to how much they like it that way. We're rather screwed as a species when it comes to natural communication because of this. Perhaps you'll notice it more when your future personal voice assistant proxy (also known as Siri the iDrone) keeps screwing up the intent of your message, but you'll probably just "deal with it" like you do autocorrect today since there's no turning back.

Comment: Re: Idiot Parents (Score 1) 569

I'm a bit more offended that Mom implies having tattoos automatically suggests a bad person in the same weird way that smoking or drinking does.

They all suggest a (potential) lack of self control, that's all. Calm down.

Tattoos suggest a potential lack of self control? Because they only cost 99 cents on the value menu and only take 10 minutes to make in the drive-thru?

Give me a break. I've seen a far greater lack of self control coming from the bean suckers itching for their morning fix in the Starbucks line wrapped 'round the corner.

Am I defending my own lack of self control? No, not really. Kind of hard to do so when I don't have a single tattoo. Merely destroying pointless assumptions should I choose to get one at some point.

Comment: Re:Teddy Roosevelt rides again! (Score 1) 316

by geekmux (#49330081) Attached to: First Lawsuits Challenging FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Arrive

please learn how marginal tax rates work.

say there's 3 brackets: 0 to 10k is 1% 10k+ to 20k is 2% 20k+ is 3%

Now say you earn 50k dollars a year. That doesn't mean you pay 3% on the entire 50k. It means you pay 1% on the first 10k, 2% on the next 10k (20k-10k=10k), and 3% on the remaining 30k (50k-20k=30k). So you pay in taxes: $100+$200+$900 = $1200 total. $1200 in taxes on a $50k income is a total effective tax rate of 2.4%.

The more you earn in the top bracket, the closer your effective rate will get to that top rate, but it will never quite equal it. And it will never go over it. California's top rate is 13.3. The US top rate is 39.6. Added up, that's 52.9%. But the top rates are different brackets as well. In California its on any earning over 1 million dollars. But the federal top rate is on earnings over $406,750.

A person earning 950k a year has an effective rate of 45.97%. A person earning 1million a year has an effective rate of 46.26%. A person earning 1.05 million a year has an effective rate of 46.58%

You don't pay an effective rate of 50% until you earn 2.3 million a year.

Breaking this down is about as pointless as discussing the cost of Ferrari maintenance with a homeless person.

NONE of this matters. Anyone making more than six figures has figured out at least a couple dozen loopholes to jump through to not pay anywhere near this theoretical bullshit. And those that make seven figures or more simply hire the people to actually write the damn loophole.

Comment: Re:Alamo Broadband's complaint (Score 1) 316

by geekmux (#49330021) Attached to: First Lawsuits Challenging FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Arrive

You don't understand our new post-captialist economy. In post-capitalism, entrenched special interest have a right to make money and the basic purpose of government is to enact laws that insure profit. That is the law of the land manifest in the DCMA. So, for example, Kurig is using DRM to eliminate competition on refills for their machines.

Post-capitalism also conveniently eliminates pesky constitutional guarantees enforcing the rule of law. Contractual language can now eliminate search warrants and right of privacy when Stingray cellphone technology is used for mass surveillance. Both government and private enterprise benefit in post-capitalism.

Broadband providers have just as much right as any other business to run an entrenched monopolistic enterprise and make vast amounts of money. I fully expect that the current court system will correct the loopholes that threaten their guaranteed profitability, and give them the same protection under the law that other corrupt special interests enjoy in our post-capitalist system.

Why is this so hard to understand? It's obviously the American Way.

This isn't hard to understand that what is going on here is illegal.

What is apparently hard to do is get people to see that, and enforce the fucking laws we have today.

It's funny you use words like "entrenched monopolistic enterprise" without even suspecting what you're describing is illegal. It is. We have laws to protect against monopolies. We don't enforce them. Don't ask me why, I didn't write the damn law even though I know damn well why it exists.

And that IS the crux of the issue here. You don't need lobbyists to lobby for new laws when current government doesn't give a shit about enforcing the current ones. They don't even use a loophole as an excuse. They blatantly ignore the law.

And the new American Way is not only can you not do anything about it, but it's quickly becoming illegal for you to even try, which is why they don't bother enforcing them.

Don't agree with these illegalities and want to scream how it's unconstitutional? Well then, you're more a "terrorist" in the eyes of government, and worthy of their new (unconstitutional) laws to lock you up without due process and throw away the key.

Don't try and convince me this isn't the crux of the issue. It is, and will become very apparent when criminals are using the same defense your government is to break the law. And I'm not talking about the criminals you voted for.

Comment: Re: Idiot Parents (Score 1) 569

In defense of the mother:

1) When people are arrested, their friends, family, and neighbors routinely say "I can't believe he did that. He seemed like such a nice guy."

2) Parents naturally want to see the good in their children and will ignore any bad warning signs lest their kid be anything less than perfect. (Disclosure: I'm a father of two and while I think they are mostly good kids, they are far from perfect.)

Some people are just really good at hiding their misdeeds or limiting their wrongdoings to specific areas. (e.g. Calling 911 on people playing video games.)

In defense of common sense, I'm a bit more offended that Mom implies having tattoos automatically suggests a bad person in the same weird way that smoking or drinking does.

We're a bit beyond that stereotypical bullshit, aren't we? I suppose next you'll convince me not to worry, since only foul-mouthed sailors have tattoos.

Then again, with a mother this ignorant of their child's behavior, there's more than one mentality deadlocked in 1955...

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke