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Comment: Re:American Culture (Score 1) 274 274

Yes, it can be a random mutation. However, when you deliberately grind up the carcass of a cow with said mutation and feed it to other livestock, you are then transmitting this mutation. Then it becomes an infection. Lather, rinse, repeat... we have an epidemic.

The math isn't hard here.

Comment: Re:Common Sense, anyone? (Score 1) 788 788

I think you missed the key word here: far. Progressive taxation is supposed to prevent a huge income disparity. Consider that the minimal amount you can make (ignoring debt) is $0. From $0-$350K, we have 99% of our earners, who earn up to $235K.

For the remainder, I would venture quite a number aren't sitting at $350K. In fact, it's probably over a million on average considering what CEOs, etc are paid. They can also invest pretty handily and boost their own wealth. This puts them at many multiples of the next tier below. Progressive taxation as it stands today has failed to bridge that divide.

Comment: Re:Common Sense, anyone? (Score 5, Insightful) 788 788

The top 1% earn 24% of all income. Top 1% represents over $350,000, but we know of individuals who are making millions. Billions. The remaining 9% of your top 10? They make what, $100-$350K/year? They pay between 28-33%/year, or $28K-$115K, leaving them with between 72-115.5K. That's still pretty decent bank.

For one of those biggier bonus folks (let's say a nice $1M a year to be conservative), we're looking at $770K of wealth left.
See the difference?

If we taxed those guys 50%, they'd STILL have far more than the remaining 99%.
That's the point.

Japan

+ - First World to Third World-> 1 1

nojayuk writes: The nuclear plants in Japan damaged by the earthquake and tsunami are being stabilised after much drama and attention from the rest of the world, but there's another crisis approaching for the Japanese people, a severe lack of electrical power supply over the coming hot summer when air-conditioning loads will soar beyond the ability of the crippled electrical supply system.

  Pachiguy, the blogger at Spike Japan puts some numbers to the missing megawatts and the problems one of the world's most advanced countries in the world faces in keeping its people cool and its factories running over the next few years.

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Security

+ - Ask Slashdot: Blocking Torrents

An anonymous reader writes: It is time for the age old question, how cane one effectively block torrents in the cheapest fashion? I am setting up a business and I have been looking for a way that will block all torrent traffic while keeping everything else intact, cheap. I have only found partial answers such as blocking ports and such, but what about encrypted torrents? If possible, I would not want to set up a server but it seems that I will not have a choice. I will expect a large volume of internet traffic at all times. What is your take on the situation? Thanks.

Comment: Re:Depends on the location (Score 1) 976 976

According to the Oregon Driver's Manual of 2010-2011, "Round Yellow – Do not enter the intersection if you can stop safely. Pedestrians facing a yellow light must not start across the street unless a pedestrian signal directs otherwise."

In your instance, then it's considered valid since to stop would be unsafe. In most instances (i.e. when jackasses plow through instances to beat the red), a traffic violation has been committed when the motorist is entering the intersection on the yellow.

Comment: Just use TOR (Score 1) 197 197

Download Vidalia and View the Network. Select half a dozen US relay nodes and jot them down. Edit the configuration file 'torrc' and add the following:
ExitNodes server1, server2, server3
StrictExitNodes 1

(where server1 is the first relay node, etc)

Reboot TOR and surf as a defacto US citizen.

Security

Spy Act of 2007 = "Vendors Can Spy Act" 309 309

strick1226 writes "Ed Foster over at InfoWorld describes the Spy Act bill (H.R. 964) as having the same relation to the prevention of spyware that the CAN SPAM Act had to the prevention of spam. It allows exceptions for companies to utilize spyware for any number of reasons; if this bill had been law when Sony distributed their rootkit, they would have had perfect cover. Most troubling is that the bill would preempt all state laws, including those more focused on the privacy of people's data, and disallow individuals from bringing suit. It is expected to pass soon with 'strong bipartisan support.'"

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