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Comment Free speech? (Score 1) 134

I'm here to announce that if I get a robo call from a political candidate, I will under no circumstance vote for that person.
I encourage everyone else to do the same.

If your opponent starts making fake robo calls to trick me into not voting for you, I guess you should have tried harder to ban their use.

Later suckers!

Comment Re:A wasted vote... (Score 2) 422

The way to create another party is from the ground up. How many Greens or Libertarians are there on your school board or your town council, or state house? Until they start appearing there, nothing much will happen on the national level.

The Libertarian Party has been working on this for quite some time: Nationwide, there are 145 Libertarians holding elected offices: 43 partisan offices, and 102 nonpartisan offices.

Submission + - SPAM: Facebook Fails to Show Up for Seventh Tax Summons From IRS

schwit1 writes: Facebook Inc. officials failed to show up after getting seven summonses from the Internal Revenue Service demanding internal corporate records on one of its offshore tax strategies, according to an IRS court filing.

U.S. authorities are examining Facebook’s federal income tax liability for the period ending Dec. 31, 2010 and are looking at whether the company understated the value of global rights for many of its intangible assets outside the U.S. and Canada that it transferred to a subsidiary in low-tax Ireland.

While Facebook has supplied some documents to the tax authority, it hasn’t provided books, records, papers and other data demanded in seven summonses, the IRS said in an amended petition filed Monday at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. These include a request to show up at an IRS office in San Jose on June 29.

How about issuing a default judgment against them for non-compliance?

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Submission + - SPAM: World's Deepest Blue Hole Is in South China Sea

schwit1 writes: A new exploration of a legendary blue hole in the South China Sea has found that the underwater feature is the deepest known on Earth.

According to Xinhua News, Dragon Hole, or Longdong, is 987 feet (300.89 meters) deep, far deeper than the previous record holder, Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas. (That blue hole measures about 663 feet, or 202 m, deep.) According to Xinhua, local legend holds that Dragon Hole is mentioned in the Ming dynasty novel "Journey to the West," in which a supernatural monkey character gets a magical cudgel from an undersea kingdom ruled by a dragon.

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Comment Re:Always question a study... (Score 1) 302

Are all (or even most) compounds and delivery devices made this way?

The major brands like Kanger, Innokin, ELeaf etc all seem to offer temperature-controlled devices.

The thing many may not understand is that when the temperature comes anywhere near the temperature required to produce toxic chemicals in any significant amount, the vapor tastes bad!

I mean, really, really horrible! That's one of the (other) things they never mention in these "studies" (along with precise details of the testing protocols/conditions etc). It's why people use and enjoy vaping on gear/devices with no temperature control, maybe just a voltage or voltage/wattage (selectable) control. The byproducts produced by even mild overheating taste extremely bad to the user and typically start to occur at far lower temperatures than where really possibly-problematic types & levels of toxins are produced.

People must remember that there are 3 big powers who would like the vaping industry and vaping gone. Government, as smoking brings in large amounts of taxes, particularly State taxes, although tobacco is also taxed Federally as well (plus it's another area to extend government control into and employ more government bureaucracy & enforcement to oversee it), 'Big Pharma' stands to lose from 'smoking-cessation' products they sell as well as all the drugs/products used in treating smoking-related diseases, and 'Big Tobacco' because fewer people will smoke and more will quit.

Strat

Comment Re:32% would vote clinton (Score 1) 422

Trump has commited treason - he invited Russia to hack the emails that the FBI has declared contained top secret information.

I'm not a Trump supporter (voting Johnson in November), but his comment was clearly a barb at Clinton. He said it would be great if the Russians could find her 30,000 missing emails. Both the tone & words he used make it obvious that it was a tongue-in-cheek comment, not a serious suggestion. If someone can't see that, either they're brainwashed or being disingenuous.

Submission + - SPAM: Get caught using a VPN in the UAE, you will face fines of up to $545,000

schwit1 writes: UAE has introduced a federal law banning the use of VPNs to try to avoid paying for expensive VOIP services.

The President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued a series of new federal laws relating to IT crimes, including a regulation that forbids anyone in the UAE from making use of virtual private networks (VPN) to secure their web traffic from prying eyes.

The new law states that anyone who uses a VPN or proxy server can be imprisoned and fined between Dh500,000-Dh2,000,000 ($136,000-$545,000, £415,000, €495,000) if they are found to use VPNs fraudently.

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Submission + - SPAM: After DNC hack, the case for paper ballots

schwit1 writes: Somebody — probably, though not certainly, Vladimir Putin’s intelligence apparatus — has hacked the Democratic Committee’s email servers and released some of what it found via the Wikileaks site. As Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith notes, this is something new: Although meddling in foreign elections is old stuff for intelligence agencies (including our own),this sort of email release is unprecedented.

As disruptive as the DNC email release has been, there’s room for something much worse: A foreign government could hack voting machines, shut down election computers, or delete or alter voter registration information, turning Election Day into a snarled mess and calling the results into question regardless of who wins.

Worse yet, hackers are already working on this.

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Submission + - SPAM: Boeing Considers Ending Production of 747

schwit1 writes: (paywalled) The world’s most recognizable airplane is coming in for a landing.

Boeing Co. said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it might stop production of the 747, ending nearly a half-century of building the plane that became the aircraft of choice for the U.S. president and other heads of state.

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