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Comment Re:What are they hiding? (Score 3, Insightful) 165

I would argue that if you dont want to have these techniques made open in court, then dont use these techniques to pursue someone who will have charges brought up in court. National security investigation techniques implies that this was a case of national security. Seems a bit petty to use these resources to defend disney, pop music, and porn.

I'd love to see a judge say: "Look GCSB, if you can show that Dotcom was a known national security threat to NZ while you were doing this, we can talk about keeping some things off the table. But if you can't, then you weren't doing 'national security' operations and no 'national security' techniques should have been used, and I want to see every single bit that's even tangentially related to this and enter it into the public record."

Comment Best tool for the job is a toolbox (Score 1) 445

What I'm interested in is how the collection of communication you have ties together. Say a call comes in to the receptionist, how does she transfer it to you? How do you transfer a call to a coworker, or conference them in on an existing call?

Do you have separate work and personal mobile phones, so when on vacation (or after hours for those that don't have to pick up anyway) you can leave the work phone behind? And of course set your voicemail message to direct callers to the appropriate coworkers who are covering.

That's what I like about a wealth of communication devices, they each have their own strengths. My company desk phone is VOIP, connects using out intranet to all of the other branches (including internationally) and has robust transfer, conference and directory as well as a host of features my mobile does not. In the same way my mobile has features my desk phone doesn't, and we have a corporate IM and email as well, letting me use the best tool for the job.

Comment Re:Creates a near monopoly (Score 1) 268

Agreed. And the states change their tax laws fairly often when you consider across all the states. My wife used to work for aplace and this was her primary responsability. Just to clarify, we're looking at a startup having a dedicated person just to track and pay state sales tax. Or paying a third party to do it for them, which may be cheaper thoguh includes both the costs of the third party, the costs of integrating them into your sales channels (say, to provide the correct sales tax costs on web pages), plus any time spent by members of the startup in finding, setting up, administering and reviewing this.

Ya, big barrier to start-ups. Because it's just as much work for one sale in a state and one hundred thousand.

If they also standardized all state sales taxes it would be less of a barrier to entry. Same rate, same things they apply to, same payment schedule, no "tax reduced economic areas", etc. Of course, then if become cheaper total cost to purchase outside the US (hello global economy), and good luck Rhode Island going after a web site elsewhere in the world for state sales tax. So we'd have to put a tarriff on all international sales to balance it out. We'd still be left with US products more expensive for Americans than those not living in the states, so maybe charge everyone else the amount too. Woo! Oh wait, no.

Comment Less obvious choices (Score 1) 416

After the obvious, also get:

A good label maker. One that can swap out a variety of types and do cable labeling, front-of-rack, and you name it.
A couple of big containers of velcro strips for wire management
A multi-compartment organizer for extra screws, etc. When you drop a mounting screw through air vents on the raised floor and can't find it, extras around are handy. Not that I speak from experience or anything. :) Oh yeah, and then go to town with your label maker.
If you deal with POTS lines, both an analog handset and also one of the tracing tools. Cheap yet saves so much time when you need to deal with them.

Comment Re:Wake up, Federal Trade Commission (Score 1) 321

There should be a mandate that if you want to be a dick and no longer choose to support the software of an obsolete product you sold to maintain core functionality, you should forfeit the source code. At the very least, make it legal to reverse engineer and distribute fixes/functionality without fear of retribution. This is going to become much more common in the future unless someone does something.

Isn't there something in Europe where if a device doesn't provide (or no longer provides) functionality that it was advertised with, they need to offer you a full refund? Wasn't that the deal with the PS3s after they stopped being able to run Linux?

I'm not naive enough to wonder why we don't have consumer protections like that in the US, but I do wonder why we still sit for it.

Comment Looks at accuracy of %, not just majority (Score 1) 576

The article really should say that he was correct on which way the states went. But if you read 538 they will talk about how a 5 point swing but still the same party is a failure of the math, even though it doesn't change the state result. And the same deal that a half apoitn change that swings D to R to vice versa isn't something big when it comes to the math.

The article is cheering the thresholds - was the highest for which party. But to really cheer for Nate's ways, you need to praise the accuracy of the %s. I haven't checked 538 today, yesterday they said they were taking a break and then interested in just that - to see the accuracy, not just a simple which-had-more.

Comment Re:Stupid. (Score 1) 386

I like this idea. The candidates get bussed from town to town over the course of a couple of weeks. People throw rocks at the candidates that they don't like. Whoever survives the trip, is elected!

Well, most modern US presidential elections seems to be voting against, so this makes a lot more sense.

Though in order to preserve the current balance of power, the R & D candidates will get to hide behind the third party candidates.

Comment Re:No Corporate Taxes (Score 1) 432

It may not be a popular position, but I don't think corporations should pay income taxes. Instead, we should increase tax rates on higher incomes. If owners want to reinvest their profits into a company, it is a good thing for the economy long-term. Taxes instead should come from consumption. If we had a 50% top end income tax rate and a 0% corporate tax rate, a good deal of the tax avoidance schemes would go away -- no not all of them, but a great deal of them.

I'm not sure if you're aware of a lot of the ways that income tax is avoided that would still work under this plan. For instance, many C level positions have low salaries ($1, or something not at all in line with their total compensation), get lots paid for by the corporation (car allowance, travel allowance, etc.), and use various tax shelters, such as getting paid in stocks that they DON'T sell (unrealized = no profit, so no taxes), but rather use as collateral for loans. (Often for a lower interest rate then they can make with investments.)

At this point they have $1 in income tax (and will pay $0.50 in your plan), have plenty of money to spend and invest, and have some things taken care of by the company.

Comment Re:The two they left behind (Score 1) 238

Or if they hadn't done a time travel plot at all. I hate alternate history timelines. I love Next Generation- that crew no longer even exists. If you want to show a prequel of Star Trek with how the crew gets together, fine. Use new actors for the old roles. Or do a story from somewhere else in the timeline they lived. Don't rewrite the entire history and change the personalities of everyone we loved. I wouldn't want to watch a series based on that, that version of Kirk and Spock have no interest to me.

Actually, I think that's one of the beauties of the alternate time plot - ST:TNG and all the others still exist in the original timeline. There's crossover events with the baddies and Spock.

Right now they have a way of rebooting and telling new stories while still, in canon, leaving everything else there. No other movie reboot I know did that, they all start fresh.

Comment AVG (Score 1) 503

I used to be an AVG user and it was my default setup when others asked me for help, but it's gotten bloat-y, slow and upgrade-naggy, and MSE does what it covers. Right now I'm MSE, Spybot Search & Destroy, and Firefox with noscript (among other things). I've got Malware Bytes as well for my kid's machine.

Comment Re:Making the best of a bad situation (Score 1) 41

But to be honest, for 7" tablets, you might as well go with a Nexus 7. You can do everything the kindle does, but it's more open.

I've got two young children and my KF holds up well for them. Nexus 7 with Fit Glass instead of Gorilla Glass makes me concerned - more from lack of knowledge about how Fit Glass stacks up. I've had friends lose (cheap) tablets to dropping, so far the KF has held up against two sub-10 y.o. kids.

Admittedly, that may not be the standard use-case here on /. :)

Comment Re:Winning (Score 1) 365

Bye Bye, Microsoft.

Now there is a prediction never made on Slashdot before. Why don't you go all the way out on the limb and declare next year to be "The Year Of Linux on Desktops"?

I think it would be more in keeping in line with the article to declare next year to be "The Year of Linux on Tablets".

What, they're already doing that. And it's got a big lead over microsoft?

Woo, good job.

Comment Re:No option to resupply? (Score 1) 220

And if the resupply ship has an incident that somehow prevents its contents from being usable if/when it arrives at the rendezvous, the burn to insert it into Mars orbit fails perhaps, what's the fallback plan going to be?

This assume they take the riskiest and poorest option in terms of when to launch the resupplies. Window of opportunity for short orbit isn't large, we're not going to be sending them after we send the people. Instead we'd be stockpiling them for a few years prior to the mission, and we know exactly what's there before human lift-off.

We also have more-efficient drives like Ion Thrusters that would take too long of humans but make it more practical to get non-perishable supplies to Mars. This could also be used ahead of time.

Comment Re:Nope. (Score 1) 268

Not really home user price. LTO-3 is 400GB, LTO-5 is 1.5TB.

That's with no compression, but the drives will do real time compression. Say 2-3 times that for real world applications. I use 1TB per LTO3 and 3TB per LTO5 as a working number.

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