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Comment Re:Federal Sales Tax (Score 1) 392

Um... no, just within the Denver (CO) Metro area there are over a HUNDRED tax rates. I have to lookup each address and determine if I share any common nexus with them, like being in the same city, county, or tax district. Shucks, if you're in CO at all I have to pay 2.9% of the purchase to the state. It's so complicated to setup with Google that, instead of letting them bungle it and collect too much, I just pay for it myself out of my profit.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 832

Yay! If people like you had your way, my son would be dead today. We didn't know he was allergic to eggs until he was 20 months old, but if we had followed the standard recommendations, we would have injected him with egg proteins in the flu shot at 6 months and then again at 18 months (assuming he was still alive). His egg allergy is moderate, but strong enough that the allergist told us to never give him anything made with egg, including the flu vaccine. Had we done so, he would either be seriously disabled or dead today.

While I'm not always anti-vax (like chicken pox, which is usually safe enough, and polio, which hasn't spread in the US since 1983 even with all of our international airports..), I'm glad that we decided to wait until he's older and we can probably test him. We will likely be starting him on a modified regiment, with our doctor's approval, later this year so he can have at least some protection when he starts to go to school.

Earth

JBI's Plastic To Oil Gets Operating Permit 223

Whammy666 writes "JBI, Inc. announced that it has entered into a formal Consent Order with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 9, which will allow the Company to immediately run its Plastic2Oil (P2O) process commercially and begin construction of an additional processor at its Niagara Falls, New York P2O facility. JBI has developed a process that takes waste plastic destined for landfills and converts it into diesel fuel, gasoline, and natural gas with very little residue. The process is said to be very efficient thanks to a special catalyst developed by JBI and an attention to process optimization. That plastic water bottle you tossed in the trash could soon be fueling your car instead of sitting in a landfill for 1000 years."
Transportation

Rear-View Cameras On Cars Could Become Mandatory In the US 754

According to the Los Angeles Times, "The federal government wants automakers to install back-up cameras in all new vehicles starting in late 2014. The plan, announced Friday, received a strong endorsement from insurance industry and other analysts and is likely to get some level of support from car manufacturers. ... The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that, on average, 292 fatalities and 18,000 injuries occur each year as a result of back-over crashes. The agency said children and the elderly were the most common victims. About 44% of the fatalities in such accidents are children and 33% are people over 70, it said. NHTSA said its proposal was designed to keep drivers from running over pedestrians who might be crossing behind their vehicles. It could also prevent parking-lot bumper thumpers. The camera systems show motorists what's behind them via a video display on the dashboard. They typically feature a bell or alarm that alerts the driver if an object is within the camera's field of view."

Comment Re:pardon, your ignorance is showing (Score 1) 244

Or maybe the fact that svn takes over 10 minutes to bring up log files for us off the server with a repo of about 30 "websites" each with 250+ files and a total of ~3000 revisions across all of it. Compare that to git where git log runs (like everything else) locally, so I'm not killing the same server everyone else is using. Oh, and its results are back in less than 15 seconds most of the time. I used to use svn, and resisted git as it was so CLI oriented. (And yes, I did learn the CLI commands.) But when TortoiseGit came out, that really lowered the bar and we moved - there's no going back.

Comment Re:Banks? Seriously? (Score 1) 322

Perhaps because Credit Unions (at least in my area) SUCK. They have almost no branches, their hours are abysmal, and there is no reason for them to have nice customer service policies. I used to be with one local credit union - they told me there was a fee just to get a VISA Debit card! At least with my bank, I have access all over the western half of the US to a real employee, not just a "credit union servicing center" where the connection to the credit union is down half the time. And no fees - I get direct deposit like most people and I don't pay any fee - I get free VISA Debit cards, checking registers, online access, even bill pay (although I refuse to use it). I have found that the credit unions I've interacted with, either myself directly or in one case through a close family member, have had lower quality of service than my local bank.

Comment Re:Just like London (Score 1) 311

Darn, and I lost my New World Order username/password, you know, for monitoring my gentile enemies using these cool new cameras. I need to re-subscribe to the mailing list - having to learn things like this through Slashdot is almost embarrassing!

Please, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, talk to your pastor. Or any pastor with their head screwed on right. You don't even know how crazy you are.

Government

Data Retention Proven to Change Citizen Behavior 261

G'Quann writes "A new survey shows that data retention laws indeed do influence the behavior of citizens (at least in Germany). 11% had already abstained from using phone, cell phone or e-mail in certain occasions and 52% would not use phone or e-mail for confidential contacts. This is the perfect argument against the standard 'I have nothing to hide' argumentation. Surveillance is not only bad because someone might discover some embarrassment. It changes people. 11% at least."
Worms

Researchers Tout New Network Worm Weapon 101

coondoggie writes "Can Internet worms be thwarted within minutes of their infection? Researchers at Ohio State University believe they can. The key, researchers found, is for software to monitor the number of scans that machines on a network send out. When a machine starts sending out too many scans — a sign that it has been infected — administrators should take it off line and check it for viruses. In a nutshell, the researchers developed a model that calculated the probability that a virus would spread, depending on the maximum number of scans allowed before a machine was taken off line.'The difficulty was figuring out how many scans were too many,' researchers said."
Privacy

McCain Supports Warrantless Domestic Surveillance 650

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "While there have been shifting reports about McCain's view on warrantless wiretapping, nothing could be clearer than the latest comment by McCain adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin, who said, 'We do not know what lies ahead in our nation's fight against radical Islamic extremists, but John McCain will do everything he can to protect Americans from such threats, including asking the telecoms for appropriate assistance to collect intelligence against foreign threats to the United States as authorized by Article II of the Constitution.' Article II, of course, is what Bush has argued gives the President virtually unlimited power during war, and McCain has already voted in favor of Telecom Immunity, though he sometimes mentions, to those asking for accountability, wanting to hold hearings about what the telecoms did."

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