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Comment Re:will it help against impluse eating? (Score 3, Interesting) 151

That kind of discipline is great, but our brains are hardwired to seek high calorie foods, to which snacks fit right in. Most people just aren't going to overcome the urge to eat too much at least some of the time.

Case in point, the country with the most fat people is the one with the most "all you can eat buffet"s. For most people, it is easier and better to simply limit the amount of temptation than it is to deal with that temptation when it is 10 feet away...and salty, and rich, and sweet, and chocolaty and....

Excuse me, need to grab a snack....

Comment Re:How is this disturbing? (Score 1) 291

It is pretty straight forward how it will work.
1) People send in money.
2) After a while the site closes down.
3) Person that put up the site earns a nice profit.

Yes, tick off a community of users whose defining trait is that like to hire hit men, that sounds like a wonderful business plan.

Comment Re:Orders of magnitude errors dont inspire confide (Score 1) 534

No, Karmshock is spot on. It would likely be easier to just put a tariff on polluter countries like China and India, unless those good can be shown to be at least "average" in CO2 output. Same with the US. There are plenty of green companies here, or relatively, the main polluters are the employees, not the employers. Driving cars.

And before people scream "tariffs are bad for developing countries", I would remind them that every imported item created lots of CO2 to cross the ocean to get here. Maybe all countries should charge an extra 4-8% tariff to encourage domestic production. Not enough to choke imports off, just just enough to encourage local production.

Comment Bad, bad stuff (Score 4, Interesting) 219

What these companies do is serially violate Wikipedia policies while padding with fluff or outright lies. I'm not against paid editing itself, and a few people do it without problems, but the more known companies have methods they use are purely deceptive and they cause a great deal of expense and problems because of the thousands of sockpuppets they create, and the hit and run methods. They are not doing this in an open and honest way, whatsoever.

Trust me. If I know anything, this I know, and I know it first hand from actually working the SPI cases.

Comment Re:yep (Score 1) 671

Sorry, but you are clueless. They don't get a "tax benefit", other than they can write it off as a business expense, just as they already do for wages. The only advantage to the employer is that it is easier to keep good employees with reasonable health care. They don't get any other bonus writeoffs.

The EMPLOYEE gets a tax advantage, because before Obamacare, I could pay for my insurance using pre-tax dollars. Now I have to use post tax dollars. Instantly, my health insurance costs just shot up over 35% since that means I use dollars AFTER I pay Social Security, Federal Income tax and State income tax.

Comment Re:yep (Score 1, Informative) 671

OMG, holy cow and all that. Speaking as someone who has started and sold a couple of small businesses, I can promise you that Obamacare will NOT make it easier. There is even a tax for every employee, whether you have health insurance or not. Sorry to burst your bubble (and no matter how you feel about Obamacare in general) but more regulations do NOT make it easier to start a business, no matter what kind of regulations they are.

Comment Re:Cant help you, give me your information (Score 4, Informative) 221

Ping time can geolocate? Within 10 feet. I'm about to piss on myself laughing. Ping is more determined by quality of network than distance, and varies according to the route each ping takes. You assumptions assume every route is the same, or is on a cell phone. They are not.

Go play network expert somewhere else, and get off my lawn.

Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 221

Jesus Christ, the signal to noise ratio has gone insane at /.

In the US, the law is dictated by where the call is generated. Some states allow recording, some states do not, some states allow for "single party consent" (as along as ONE of the parties know) and some require notification before the call starts or beeping tones every $x seconds.

He called from outside of the US, so US law is irrelevant here.

Comment I'm seeing a pattern here (Score 1) 533

The law seems to love sensationalizing terms relating to weapons.

Semiautomatic rifle with a vaguely military appearance? Assault rifle! (which more properly refers to fully-automatic rifles)
Any fully-automatic weapon? Machine gun! (which more properly refers to big belt-fed weapons and the like)
An explosive device? Weapon of mass destruction! (which more properly refers to a nuclear, biological, or chemical weapon)

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