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Comment: Re:So much for Net Neutrality. (Score 1) 42

by CRCulver (#46781991) Attached to: Tor Blacklisting Exit Nodes Vulnerable To Heartbleed

Russia has just admitted that it really did move members of its armed forces into Crimea prior to the annexation. How do you think they managed that without people catching on?

Could you cite this please? It was my understanding that the "little green men" were simply Russian servicemen already stationed there because the peninsula has long served mainly as a large military installation that Russia leased from Ukraine. These servicemen just put on new uniforms without insignia and drove off their bases to seize the surrounding area. I'd be interested in any publication you might point to that claimed that the "little green men" were secretly moved there from Russia proper. (And even if they were, considering the normal flow of personnel between Russia and Russia's base on the peninsula, it probably could have been kept low-key regardless of the actions of a Snowden.)

Comment: Re:People getting wierd about liquid water (Score 1) 151

by CRCulver (#46781871) Attached to: Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

Because the future of humanity depends on getting off of this rock eventually.

Using a phrase like "the future of humanity" suggests that humanity as it currently exists has a future. As technology progresses and the merging of man and machine becomes a possibility, who knows that future inhabitants of this planet will want or need. In his novel Marooned in Realtime , which deals with a technological singularity, Vernor Vinge speculated that an advanced race might decide to just burrow deep underground and live in a virtual reality there instead of expanding out into the cosmos. Sure, you could argue that billions of years from now civilization would be threatened by the sun expanding into a red giant, but that's hardly a case for the need for human beings to get off Earth now or anytime soon.

Comment: Re:Kim Philby II (Score 2) 306

If he were a whistleblower, we would have seen revelations in the press, not a document dump to the public.

The "document dump" to the public wasn't from Snowden, it was from Greenwald and Poitras. Like a number of whistleblowers who Americans have come to praise in respect, Snowden gave these documents to journalists and asked them to redact them before release to the public. If you have any issues with how that played out, Greenwald, Poitras and other news figures involved are the ones to blame.

Not to mention a lack of taking several hard drives full of data to the Russians

Rumours circulate that most if not all of the hard drives that Snowden had with him upon his flight to Hong Kong were decoys.

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 1) 627

by MrResistor (#46780033) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Creditors who do not act in a timely manner when an estate is closing or a corporation is being liquidated are simply SoL.

You might consider Reading The Fine Summary. I know, that's Crazy Talk! But, if you had, you might have noticed something about the statute of limitations (lawyer speak for "timely manner") has been lifted on these types of debt.

Comment: 13 years ago, eh? (Score 1) 223

by CRCulver (#46771757) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

That would be 2001. I had a PDA (Pocket PC) at that time that was internet-capable. However, when wi-fi was not yet widespread, the only way you could get on the internet with the thing was a complicated modem setup, plugging a cable into an extension card. Getting data over a mobile phone link still involved the horribly primitive technology WAP. So, a fat lot of good your portable device did you. The smartphone and the tablet could not really take off until wi-fi and cheap 3G did.

Comment: Re:Revolt? (Score 5, Informative) 756

by CRCulver (#46765159) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Keep belittling the power of people, forget about Rosa Parks and many others who through civil disobedience have change this country for better.

Rosa Parks was not a "spontaneous uprising". While in American schools her story tends to be misportrayed as a case of a solitary dissident (an issue fascinatingly explored in educator Herbert Kohl's Should We Burn Babar? ), in reality she was active in the local NAACP and her and her fellow civil rights aspirants had been waiting for the perfect moment to further their cause.

Rosa Parks is an example of dramatic social change coming from committed, organized groups and not spontaneous outbursts of individual discontent.

Comment: Re:Paper Forms (Score 1) 382

by pavon (#46757313) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Same here. I tried TurboTax one year and it didn't save me any money, didn't really save me any time, and had annoying DRM. You have to research what you can deduct on your own anyway in advance anyway so you can preserve documentation throughout the year, and that is the time consuming part. So paying money just to have software fill out and submit the form doesn't seem worth it for me.

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 1) 627

by Phreakiture (#46757017) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Actually, a person doesn't inhert this debt. The debt is inherited by the estate. If the estate runs out of assets before the debt is settled, then the rest of the creditors are SOL, but the debt does not pass to the heirs. Mind you, nothing else does, either, but the heirs are not stuck with the debt.

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