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Comment All part of the plan (Score 1, Troll) 97

From the looks of the comments, none of you have any clue whats really going on. This is all simply part of the run-up to the invasion of Iran. Timeline for the destruction of all chemical weapons in Syria is mid 2014, the same time the next phase our new missile defence system goes online in Israel (David's Sling). And by then Iran will be realling from a near 100% emargo on their oil exports --a bill currently making its way through Congress. Unless something very drastic changes, it looks like we will see war with Iran as early as 2014. Th only thing I can see delaying it is if poltically the powers that be would rather put the war under a new Republican president in 2017.

Submission + - French Police to Switch 72,000 Desktop PCs to Linux

jones_supa writes: France's National Gendarmerie — the national law enforcement agency — is now running 37,000 desktop PCs with a custom distribution of Linux, and by summer of 2014, the agency plans to switch over all 72,000 of its desktop machines. The agency claims that the TCO of open source software is about 40 percent less than proprietary software from Microsoft, referring to their article published by EU's Interoperability Solutions for Public Administrations. Initially Gendarmerie has moved to Windows versions of cross-platform OSS applications such as OpenOffice, Firefox, and Thunderbird. Now they are completing the process by changing the OS. This is one of the largest known government deployments of Linux on the desktop.

Submission + - Sen Rand Paul Fundraises for Lavabit Legal Defense Fund (ronpaulforums.com)

SonicSpike writes: Senator Rand Paul, with the help of his dad's organization, Campaign for Liberty, are fundraising for the legal defense fund for Ladar Levison, founder of Lavabit. In case you missed it, Ladar Levison closed down his Lavabit e-mail service instead of allowing the NSA to have access to his customer's records upon demand.

Submission + - Vacuum Dust Linked To Infant Botulism (ibtimes.com)

minty3 writes: According to a new study, the aerosolized dust vacuum cleaners create contains bacteria and mold that can lead to serious diseases including infant botulism.

Submission + - Snowden shortlisted for Europe's top human rights award. (bbc.co.uk)

another random user writes: Edward Snowden, the fugitive American former intelligence worker, has made the shortlist of three for the Sakharov prize, Europe's top human rights award.

Mr Snowden was nominated by Green politicians in the European Parliament for leaking details of US surveillance. Nominees also include Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head for demanding education for girls.

Former recipients of the prize, awarded by the European Parliament, include Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Mr Snowden's nomination recognised that his disclosure of US surveillance activities was an "enormous service" to human rights and European citizens, the parliament's Green group said.

Comment If You Want Me To Visit Your Site (Score 1) 582

Just get rid of comments altogether and instead find a way to direct the conversion to other sites designed specifically for conversion about externally posted stories, e.g. Slashdot. I hate that I can't comment on a story if I want to, but I am not about to become a member of every website under the sun to do so. So in the end I just end up not reading stories on sites that don't support commenting without membership as much.

Comment Tax where it is least burdensome (Score 1) 548

Let's assume for a moment that it is only fair that online retailers pay sales tax too. Put aside the fact that online sales of anything physical requires shipping. And shipping involves many other taxes, such as fuel taxes.

Now the problem that arises is not so much the tax in itself (that will just serve to raise consumer costs approx. 6%, but benefit state coffers). The real problem is in administration of that tax. Not only will it cost small retailers more to sell on the internet, it will be effectively IMPOSSIBLE to do it on one's own. It will simply be too burdensome to manage all the sales brackets and filings. So prices will rise even more cover the new administrative overhead. The inevitable result will be the erosion of small online retail companies and the loss of more high-tech jobs.

What's really sad about this, is that there is a simple solution to at least preventing the admin overhead cost.... have the shipping companies levy the tax. They are already fully equipped to levy charges per zip-code. There are only a handful of companies involved, and they are all large businesses. So the new overhead for them would be negligible.

Comment Re:Before all the little atheists celebrate... (Score 1) 717

Haught sounds reasonable? It's just a bunch of sophistry. He hardly makes a single concrete statement about anything.

Coyne is somewhat rude, and I think that isn't necessary. But he's rather unabashed about it and admits upfront he is going to be. Yet overall his argument makes a great deal more sense. However it is very much a rebuttal argument.

Comment Re:Bust (Score 1) 235

You don't know? All those android tablets are not keeping their manufactures "afloat" either.

The death of TouchPad boils down to one single factor: Microsoft. If M$ says, "kill it or we'll pull your Windows licenses". What else is their to do? Leo, had an idea: Give up and focus on enterprise. Of course, that got him fired.

Comment Democracy if for fools (Score 1) 920

All hail the King!

You eat what we let you eat.
smoke the cancer sticks we let you smoke.
see a doctor if have the right job
but we'll give you welfare if you have babies
b/c we need your babies to fight our future wars
against the food we won't let you eat
and the grass we wont let you smoke
and the hope we have dashed against the rocks
day after day after day.

All hail the King!

Comment Re:I stopped reading the responses after... (Score 1) 920

I get bitchy when I run out of toilet paper. Am I addicted?

Marijuana is no more addictive then anything else you might *want* but no longer have. It just so happens that you tend to want it more than many other things b/ it's a lot better than many other things.

Ask a starving crack addict if they want food or crack. They take the crack. Ask as starving pot head if they want food or pot. They take the food.

Adapt. Enjoy. Survive.