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Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 1) 139

2) Force employers to pay a 10% tax on that salary

Isn't this the part where all the "free market" believers tell us that "companies never pay taxes, they just pass them on to their customers"?

So far, we've got Trump proposing a 35% tax on US companies that build products overseas and Slashdot fools telling us that raising taxes on companies will lead to greater employment.

Did something change with the Trump inauguration that's suddenly made believers in "economic liberty and small government" love taxes?

Comment Re:There are fatter phones out there, buy one. (Score 1) 80

those are your choices with pretty much every single product in the world.

No. There are more smartphones than cars in the world, but I can buy a Ford with an automatic transmission, a manual transmission, a big trunk, a small trunk, hatchback, truck bed or 20" rims that spin backward when I drive.

So where is my 2017 Samsung or Apple with a replaceable battery?

Comment I'm not so sure they will (Score 1) 1298

After the shit show of the last election. Sure, Hilary had baggage. And the right wing press spent the last 20 years vilifying her to the point that a simple insecure email server of the type everybody in Washington ran (see:Colin Powell) helped sink her campaign. But she still shoulda beat Trump senseless. I'm guessing her and her supporters will get tossed out on their asses after a failure of this magnitude. This is defeat from the jaws of victory.

Submission + - CBS, Paramount Settle Lawsuit Over 'Star Trek' Fan Film (hollywoodreporter.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Stand down from battle stations. Star Trek rights holders CBS and Paramount have seen the logic of settling a copyright suit against Alec Peters, who solicited money on crowdfunding sites and hired professionals to make a YouTube short and a script of a planned feature film focused on a fictional event — a Starfleet captain's victory in a war with the Klingon Empire — referenced in the original 1960s Gene Roddenberry television series. Thanks to the settlement, CBS and Paramount won't be going to trial on Stardate 47634.44, known to most as Jan. 31, 2017. According to a joint statement, "Paramount Pictures Corporation, CBS Studios Inc., Axanar Productions, Inc. and Alec Peters are pleased to announce that the litigation regarding Axanar’s film Prelude to Axanar and its proposed film Axanar has been resolved. Axanar and Mr. Peters acknowledge that both films were not approved by Paramount or CBS, and that both works crossed boundaries acceptable to CBS and Paramount relating to copyright law." Peters' Axanar video and script, which feature such arguably copyrighted elements as Vulcan ears, the Klingon language and an obscure character from a 1969 episode, sparked a lawsuit in December 2015. The litigation then proceeded at warp speed with the case almost making it to trial in just 13 months, an amazingly brisk pace by typical standards. When Axanar comes out, it will look different. "Axanar and Mr. Peters have agreed to make substantial changes to Axanar to resolve this litigation, and have also assured the copyright holders that any future Star Trek fan films produced by Axanar or Mr. Peters will be in accordance with the 'Guidelines for Fan Films' distributed by CBS and Paramount in June 2016," states the parties' joint announcement of a settlement.

Comment Re:DirectX doesn't seem to help here anyway (Score 1) 132

Again thanks for your time....

I see, so the driver itself mplements the actual API function's behavior based on what *should* happen in a reference DirectX implementation?

I guess I previously imagined that the driver opened a very basic interface to the hardware, and that somehow a DirectX library was responsible for translating an API call into some sort of low level code for the driver to run on bare hardware (sort of how binaries are x86 CISC bytecode, and those x86 CISC instructions are translated into an even lower level instruction set internally and then finally executed in whatever way the silicon actually works inside)

But most of the heavy lifting of translating the API call into machine instructions is actually done in the driver directly? So DirectX is just a spec... I guess I was confused because there is software called "DirectX" which installs libraries to the system, now I'm wondering what that huge install is, just basic SDK framework stuff like headers?

Thanks, hopefully I am catching on

Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1298

First off, "fake news" doesn't mean what you're using it to mean here. Editorial, spin, distortion, or misinterpretation of real events to score political points is not "fake news". Deliberately making up complete fabrications out of whole cloth, knowing (on the part of the creator) that they are fake, and trying to get other people to believe it, is what "fake news" means.

Second, I'd like to see an example of Trump mocking an able-bodied person in the same way as he mocked the disabled person in question. (It seems plausible that he maybe does 'retard hands' like that as a way of mocking people in general, which still is not great on his part, but I'd like to know for the record whether that's really the case or not).

Comment Re:President Pussy-Grabber (Score 1) 1298

South Park did an episode about this when Tiger Woods was caught banging whores, and all the ugly women and fags just for the life of them couldn't figure out why rich and powerful men were banging hot young women. Eventually Obama had to make up a story that it was aliens making them do it or something. You can't figure out the whole "women want to fuck rich guys" thing, so which are you, a faggot or a fat woman?

Comment I've never seen any of this (Score 1) 136

Most of these annoyances are tied to the stupid defaults of Windows 10. As someone who has run a stock standard Windows 10 Pro with "Occasionally show suggestions in start" unticked, and all switches turned off in the privacy settings I've yet to see a single example of any of the stuff constantly mentioned here on Slashdot.

Does this not affect the Pro versions, or is it dependent on these settings?

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