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Comment: Re: Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 2) 533

by iceborer (#47469153) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

That's funny, because during that time period, I got a ticket for speeding, a bill from the IRS, taxes were taken out of my pay check every week, and my neighbor's EBT card continued to work to buy groceries. The VA didn't kick my dad out of the hospital.

Well, let's see... Speeding ticket -- a service provided by the state, county, or city you were busted in IRS bill -- well, we've privatized the Post Office and generating a bill doesn't require people (or it was mailed before the shutdown). Payroll taxes -- taken out by a private payroll provider, usually, and sent to the gubmint EBT -- administered by the state, usually through the counties As for the VA -- they are funded in advance a bit and the shutdown didn't last long enough for them to run out of money.

Comment: New Article Summary (Score 1) 238

by iceborer (#46190041) Attached to: CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

"Not content with the profitability of Slashdot, researchers at DICE have their sights set on a new beast of a website that could have a negative content impact of 80 to 100 percent. The “leading provider of specialized websites” announced that it was hatching plans for an horrendous successor to Slashdot.org with an experimental rollout, which was quickly shit upon by the Slashdot community, resulting in an “apology” this week. The idea is to consider different Slashdot designs that will result of greater monetization of contributed assets— much more money. DICE wrote it was looking for a major redesign in order to create a website more accessible and shareable by a wider audience. "The existing site is fine. Fuck beta."

Comment: Re:Planned intimidation tactic (Score 1) 1034

by iceborer (#46028673) Attached to: AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

There is another side of coin: The more footage of every person there is, the more opportunities you have to find something incriminating or blackmail worthy. I am not afraid of cops getting free pass on some assaults.

I am afraid of future where anyones life is easily pieced together from footage gathered from hundreds/thousands walking cameras, analyzed for weaknesses and exploited. Anytime you run afoul of little pointless law, anytime you do something that can easily be taken out of context to villify you, any secret you might want to keep secret.

If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.

I wonder how many pictures or minutes of video it takes...

Comment: Re:Chicago Teachers Rip 'Big Money Interest Groups (Score 2, Insightful) 404

by iceborer (#41353127) Attached to: Chicago Teachers Rip 'Big Money Interest Groups'

It is illegal for a group of CEOs to join an organization dedicated to fixing prices. Or did you think that was a bad idea too? Both concepts undermine competition and are bad for everyone except those in the organization.

Nice straw man, but you unintentionally pointed to exactly the right comparison. CEOs head organizations which are comprised of many people gathering together to obtain mutual benefit, namely pooled resources that allow members of the organization to engage in activities and reap benefits that they could not individually. These folks all gather together to have greater bargaining power in the market. We even privilege these collectivist organizations under law by providing the individual members immunity for the (negative) actions of the organization.

Comment: Re:I am planning to move to NC (Score 3, Informative) 1167

by iceborer (#38239376) Attached to: US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

nobody voted for him, he was appointed to replace salazar

Bennett was apppointed to replace Ken Salazar in 2009, but he was elected to the office in 2010. About 48% of the nobodies who voted in Colorado that year picked him. One of them is now thinking of unpicking him in 2016.

Comment: Re:Technically Legal (Score 2, Insightful) 1193

by iceborer (#33976128) Attached to: How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

Their motto is Do No Evil not Do Nothing Illegal

Now, we can argue whether they actually follow that, but using tactics so convoluted that you have to have a team of lawyers and get approval from the IRS to set them up in order to avoid supporting the society that makes your business possible is evil.

Programmers used to batch environments may find it hard to live without giant listings; we would find it hard to use them. -- D.M. Ritchie