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Comment: FACTA (Score 1) 734

by krotscheck (#49192571) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

FACTA is american legislation that require foreign banks - as long as they conduct business in the U.S. - to report on the holdings and income of all their american customers & accounts to the US. The international reaction has been a huge pain to expats- many banks flat out refuse to serve american citizens (see link below), and it has led to a rash of american expats simply laying down their american citizenship.

http://world.time.com/2013/12/20/swiss-banks-tell-american-expats-to-empty-their-accounts/

From my view (German, Green Card for ~20 years now), there is only minor benefit to becoming a U.S. citizen, and many extremely large downsides; It simply doesn't make sense. The american higher education system is grossly overpriced, and all innovations in that field are globally available via the web and streaming video. The healthcare system is similarly top-loaded, and american salaries are only so high here because basic life services are ridiculously expensive.

Listen: If there's a reasonable chance that they're going to _live_ in the U.S. (which I advise against) then they can make that choice themselves once they're of age. Right now you're going to load your kids with far more problems than benefits if you make this decision for them.

+ - Australian researchers create world's first 3D-printed aircraft engines

Submitted by stephendavion
stephendavion (2872091) writes "Researchers from the Monash University, CSIRO and Deakin University in Australia have created two 3D-printed aircraft engines. One of the 3D-printed engines is being showcased at the ongoing International Air Show in Avalon, while the other is at Microturbo (Safran) in Toulouse, France. Monash and its subsidiary Amaero Engineering attracted interests from tier one aerospace companies to produce components at the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing (MCAM) in Melbourne. Researchers used an old gas turbine engine from Microturbo to scan components and print two versions. The engine is an auxiliary power unit equipped in aircraft such as the Falcon 20 business jet."

Comment: How do I (slowly) assemble my own awesome kitchen (Score 2) 137

by krotscheck (#46882567) Attached to: Interview: Ask Ben Starr About the Future of Food

What is the most efficient, and ordered, way to assemble a world-class kitchen?

Many of us don't have the budget (especially when coming out of college) to buy all the crazy-awesome tools that make for a world class kitchen in one go, so we have to slowly purchase items as our budget allows and/or old cheaper items get used up. Do you have a recommended order, from a batchelor/ette's first egg pan to elaborate computerized sous-vide, in which someone can build their own world-class kitchen over several years?

Comment: Where's the real alternative to Javascript? (Score 1) 483

by krotscheck (#33279854) Attached to: Six Reasons Why Flash Isn't Going Away

Javascript is the de-facto standard for any DOM-based in-browser application. My question is: Why? Why, if I want to write an in-browser application, are my choices "javascript" or "proprietary plugin"? Why hasn't the open source community come up with something better than type="text/javascript"? Why can't I use type="text/python" or type="text/haskell" or type="text/ruby"?

Comment: Re:How are these getting indexed? (Score 1) 241

by krotscheck (#30535096) Attached to: Target.com's Aggressive SEO Tactic Spams Google

It really doesn't surprise me that Target may have that many bad links. First of all, it could very well be bad searches that are getting indexed. More likely though is that they recently changed their online catalog software to one that uses a different URL schema (Thus, you know, invalidating their entire catalog). While a simple set of rewrite rules would fix that, I can guarantee you that no-one wants to pay someone to go track down all the old marketing redirects and update them. Defaulting to a product search is much easier.

Comment: It's not the player, it's the upgrade cycle (Score 3, Insightful) 181

by krotscheck (#29675803) Attached to: Decoding Adobe's Big Device Push

HTML5 is kindof awesome, but even the most awesome technology is limited by the number of people who can use it. Unless the W3C or Microsoft or Google or the Mozilla Foundation manage to convince the world to upgrade their browsers with the speed that Adobe can upgrade the install base of the Flash Player, HTML5 is always going to play second fiddle.

Now according to Adobe, Flash Player 10 is at 94% adoption in mature markets, and that's about... what, 10-12 months after release? The HTML 5 spec was formally named in January 2008, and the original started in 2004. Admittedly- corporate IT departments (the big evil) are as unlikely to upgrade the Flash Player as they are the browser, but if it takes that long for anything to make it into HTML, Adobe will have already had several upgrade cycles to react, improve, and move on.

Having said that: we can always return to the days of browser specific web sites, and that'd force people to upgrade: "This website is optimized for [Insert favorite browser here], please change your browser".

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