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Comment: Insurance Companies (Score 1) 157

by kodomo (#46638269) Attached to: Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?
All that is true, but in real world, knowing you will get ill can (and probably will) make a difference in how you can live your life.

Besides medical related issues, most insurance companies (in my country at least.. but if some tecnology like that pops out, surelly will start to pop out everywhere) require you state all medical conditions prior to the purchase of the insurance. And this insurance are mandatory for all kind of credit.

In the case of my country what they ask is for Known/Diagnosed medical conditions. So, knowing will give them legal basis to... basicaly abuse you. Making you some kind of type B, gattaca style, human being.

Comment: Re:Step #1: toss Java. (Score 1) 265

by kodomo (#43873171) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can I Make a Computer Science Club Interesting?
I think Computer science it's a lot bigger that just programming. You can all take a huge project like customizing a Starctaft bot and give ever person a role in thar play... Some would be good organizers, some could have skills in programming, and... other could be beta tester playing against the bot and takin notes about bad behaivour. Thar game runs on a pentium MMX, so your old hardware shouldn't be a problem. Making them all fell like a part of something, contributing to the proyect shoud motivate them... Your role it's to identify their capabilities and give them a proper task.

Comment: Re:Wny not just tax trades? (Score 2) 267

by kodomo (#40946955) Attached to: Wall Street and the Mismanagement of Software
I think the problem is that we all forget what it all this about:Trading should be about investment. Not especulation.
A company that need to grow needs money, so it go public to look for investors, that put their money in the company.
What good makes a company a "trader" that buys a stock and sells it 1 microsecond later for a profit. A speculator is *NOT* interested in supporting a bussines.

So the focus should be in that. atract more investors and punish the speculator:
1) No tax for trades kept for 1 month.
2) 100% tax for trades bought & sold the same day (so you should sell it twice the buying price to don't lose money).
3) Some nice tax curve in between (1-e^(t) it's my candidate ).

That way, you should commit to your investments (like real men do)... but give a real movility (after a month) in case you want to capitalize quickly. Current system just feed the greed of some, and don't help the economy.

Comment: Re:They urgently need a new name (Score 1) 470

by kodomo (#34996014) Attached to: LibreOffice 3.3 Released Today

> "Libre" is used by others since it implies freedom (liberty, etc.) without really being a term from either "camp".

So why not LibertyOffice instead?

Or...since people usually call MS-Office simply 'Office', we could call ours 'THE Office' or somethin' just to mess with them. " got Office?" "No man...better. I got THE Office! ;-)"

nice... "Da' Office 'n Stuff"

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.