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Comment: Re:just what we all love (Score 1) 229

by tomhath (#49762855) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

If they could get away with raising prices they already would have

You gloss over the "if they could get away with raising prices" part. The reason they can't get away with it is competition; if Amazon and all of it's competitors have to pay an additional X% of their revenue in taxes there is no competitive pressure to stay at the lower price - prices will go up X%

Of course it depends on when and how the tax is added to what the consumer pays. In most retail you pay a certain price plus the tax. In that case then yes, the price won't change when the tax goes up. On the other hand if the tax is already included in the price that the consumer pays then the price will indeed go up. Ether way the effect is the same, the consumer pays more.

+ - Oculus Founder Hit With Lawsuit->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Palmer Luckey, founder of VR headset-maker Oculus, has been sued by a company accusing him of taking their confidential information and passing it off as his own. Total Recall Technologies, based in Hawaii, claims it hired Luckey in 2011 to build a head-mounted display. Part of that employment involved Luckey signing a confidentiality agreement. In August, 2012, Luckey launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift headset, and Facebook bought his company last year for $2 billion. TRT is seeking compensatory and punitive damages (PDF).
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Comment: ""who moved away" (Score 1) 156

by tomhath (#49755311) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely

convicts who moved away from their old neighborhood when released from prison had a much smaller recidivism rate.

No kidding. Convicts who decided to change their life - changed their life. Those who went right back to their old neighborhood and fellow ex-cons went right back to their old life. Who woulda thunk it?.

Comment: Not seeking "justice" (Score 1) 156

by tomhath (#49755279) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely

American "justice" is more about getting revenge and punishing criminals Puritan style

Incarceration is an admission that the convicted person is a threat to society and needs to be removed. We don't know how to rehabilitate felons, but we do know how to lock them up so they can't hurt people, at least for a while.

+ - Google and Amazon Honor Pac-Man's 35th Anniversary->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon is featuring an animated game of Pac-man on their front page to honor the 35th anniversary of the classic video game, and Google has also revived their interactive Pac-Man doodle from five years ago, making it their top result for searches on "Pacman". A free Android version of the game is available in both the Google and Amazon app stores, and Amazon is also discounting newer versions like "Championship Edition" and "Pac-Man Museum" games. The original Pac-Man game was created by 24-year-old programmer Toru Iwatani in 1979, and today CBS News marked the anniversary by joking that now "Pac-Man is 35. And he's still hungry."
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+ - Congress Seeks to Quash Patent Trolls->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd writes: The process is moving quickly. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the bill by the end of the month, readying it for a final Senate vote this summer, and the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee is likely to vote this week on a similar measure. That gives observers optimism that Congress will finally enact patent-troll legislation after a failed effort last year. “The Senate version really does seem to be hitting some sort of sweet spot,” says Arti Rai, co-director of the Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy in Durham, North Carolina.
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Comment: Re:Plant? (Score 1) 378

by tomhath (#49752229) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

I don't think it's Oracle. But someone has noticed that Java's popularity is in free fall. Some would argue that it can be used for anything; on the other hand - for whatever you are trying to do, there's a better language to do it in than Java. Web app? Node. Statistics? R. Scripting? Python. Etc.

If the only tool you have is a hammer you try to use it on everything, with predictable results

+ - The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh writes: Java made its public debut twenty years ago today, and desite a sometimes bumpy history that features its parent company being absorbed by Oracle, it's still widely used. Mark Reinhold, chief architect for the Oracle's Java platform group, offers one explanation for its continuing popularity: it's easy for humans to understand it at a glance. "It is pretty easy to read Java code and figure out what it means. There aren’t a lot of obscure gotchas in the language ... Most of the cost of maintaining any body of code over time is in maintenance, not in initial creation."
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+ - Oldest Stone Tools Predate Previous Record Holder by 700,000 Years->

Submitted by derekmead
derekmead writes: Scientists have discovered the oldest stone tools ever found, dating back some 3.3 million years to Pliocene Africa—long before the rise of humans' first ancestors in the Homo genus.

The artifacts were found near Lake Turkana, Kenya, and predate the next oldest tools by a whopping 700,000 years. That is an enormous margin, and it will have far-reaching ramifications for our understanding of how material culture initially arose in early hominin communities. An in-depth analysis of the site, its contents, and its significance as a new benchmark in evolutionary history will be published in the May 21 issue of Nature.

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Comment: Quid pro quo (Score 4, Insightful) 98

by tomhath (#49739141) Attached to: Do Russian Uranium Deals Threaten World Supply Security?

Someone's trying to use Hillary's "What difference does it make?" defense.

The original story was that she influenced the sale in exchange for donations. Now the response from her defenders is "So what? We have plenty of uranium".

Nice attempt at changing the subject; I say "What difference does it make if there's plenty of uranium ore, the deal still looks shady"

Comment: Demolished? (Score 0) 98

by tomhath (#49739085) Attached to: Do Russian Uranium Deals Threaten World Supply Security?

Steve Fetter and Erich Schneider demolish the idea that Russian control of uranium stocks is a threat to global security.

No, they don't demolish the idea.

Their argument is that since demand in the past was lower than the global supply of uranium ore, there is no reason to worry that Russia and China are trying to corner the supply. That doesn't make any sense to me based on what we've seen from both countries.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.