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Comment Re:dont count AMD out ZEN intel loses and ARM lose (Score 1) 85

That's the same thing that AMD has been saying for every new chip for the past decade. They haven't had a hit since the Althon 64, and that was 13 years ago. I'll believe it when I see it, until then, I'll expect Zen to be a repeat of the Bulldozer disaster. I'd like for it to turn out to be another Athlon 64, though: it's been a very long time since there has been any competition in the x86 market.

Comment Re:Hol. ly. Sheeeeeit. (Score 5, Interesting) 137

What could possibly go wrong???

A better question is "Why does Microsoft need to be involved in this?" I can currently buy a data card from one of the cell carriers or I can tether my computer to my phone. How is having to pay Microsoft going to improve the current state of things? Just make the OS, jackasses, stop trying to use your near monopoly to force your way into other industries -- you are really bad at it.

Comment Re:Trump will tax it (Score 5, Informative) 255

He already is. He's talking about increasing long term capital gains taxes, which taxes investments like bitcoin.

Don't worry, he will repeal the estate tax so that billionaires can pass on all their money to their children (instead of just most of it) so that the new generation of bosses are the same as the old generation of bosses. Meanwhile, the people who voted for him because they are getting screwed economically will still get screwed. What did you think would happen when you elected a billionaire?

Also, where do you get that he is planning on raising capital gains taxes? His site says:

The Trump Plan will retain the existing capital gains rate structure (maximum rate of 20 percent) with tax brackets shown above.

So his plan is to lower income taxes on the ultra-rich and increase spending. I hope all the Tea Party representatives that shut the government down during the Obama administration will stop his attempt to run up the debt but I doubt that will happen.

Comment Re:Michael Flynn Jr believes it (Score 5, Insightful) 788

I see this morning Trump nominated a medical doctor who thinks dietary supplements can cure cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Good. The quicker Trump fucks up irrecoverably, the quicker he gets replaced. Won't be long now.

LOL, that's the funniest thing I have heard this MONTH. Trump is a reality show buffoon with absolutely no qualifications or experience for this job. Do you really think the people who saw this and voted for him anyway will suddenly realize what a horrible mistake they have made? People tend to rationalize their choices in politics rather than admitting a mistake. That is why Congress always has an abysmal approval rating as a whole but each district tends to rate their own representative highly. Every time Trump opens his mouth and says something stupid there are plenty of people that instantly go to bat for him and try to "explain" what he really meant. Whether it's complete ignorance of diplomatic relationships on his phone calls with Pakistan and Taiwan, telling Duterte that extrajudicial executions to deal with his drug problem is a great idea, or just grabbing women by the pussy, the people who voted for him instantly rationalize it in their brains as "being presidential" or "a tough new diplomatic tack" or "locker room talk". These are the people who shut the government down and prompted a downgrade of the US credit rating because they were throwing a fit about raising the debt ceiling and paying for the shit they already budgeted for. They did demonstrable damage to the finances of the country and their supporters voted them right back in.

You're delusional if you think Trump supporters will ever acknowledge a fuck-up. As Trump himself said, "I could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot someone and I wouldn't lose voters".

Comment Re: Sack of salt (Score 4, Informative) 103

Mostly because they typically report dynamic contrast ratios, which really are bullshit. In this case, they basically appear to be layering on an additional LCD panel whose sole job is to control the amount of light that gets through to the regular LCD. And sure enough, if you layer two LCD panels which each have a 1000:1 contrast ratio, then you get a 1000000:1 contrast ratio.

I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be practical apart from the increase in cost and thickness this would involve.

Comment The 2 factors that made me buy a 3d printer. (Score 1) 273

1. There's a certain number where something becomes an impulse buy. For me and 3d printers that was $200. Ultimately I decided that with inflation, I spent more on my original NES set years and years ago.

Makerbot could have killed it at that price, and still can if they can figure out how to do it at this price.

2. The only hurdle past price is having the needed skills to create things in 3d. Printing other peoples stuff off the web gets old after a while. Luckily the 3d modeling software I taught myself to use really well can output STL files.

Comment Re:Beware public charging stations... (Score 4, Interesting) 243

I can just picture someone plugging one of these into one of those public charging kiosks at an airport. Wanna bet how well the ports are well isolated?

It would likely do nothing at all. It dumps the charge down the data lines, a charging port shouldn't have any data lines. Now, maybe the data lines ARE connected to something (so the TSA can search every phone that gets plugged in, "for your safety"), in that case maybe blowing the data lines would be a good thing overall.

Comment Re:Why can't they roll it back? (Score 2) 78

Serious question: In Debt of Honor there was a hack directed against the NYSE. They rolled back all transactions for the day. In a bank hack no one took physical cash. If they can show the transactions were fraudulent, why can't they just reverse it?

For some of it they did:

Hackers tried to steal 5 billion rubles, but the central banking authority managed to stop them and redirect the funds, according to central bank security executive Artiom Sychev.
"We were lucky to return some of money," said a central bank spokesperson.

That's the transfers they were able to unwind. The other transfers went to non-cooperating banks, or more likely were broken up and bounced from bank to bank and one of the banks in the chain won't play ball.

Comment I'm downgrading to 7 (Score 1) 119

A little late for some quality karma whoring here but....

We have some NVR software for our IP cameras. I thought it would be a good idea to upgrade the VM running it to windows 10. Huge mistake.. I can't fsck'ing control when the damn things reboot. (This is 10 pro)

So I'm downgrading our NVR machines to win 7. Sorry MS, 10 works great on the desktop, my GPO objects mostly work, but this reboot thing is a HUGE issue.

Comment Re:Confused (Score 1) 203

Operating as a business, iirc, incurs legal record-keeping requirements. The gray area comes from the nature of the business: they convert from one currency (official legal tender) into another (a currency with a different standard of value).

Nope. Bitcoin is not a currency (at least according to the IRS), it is an asset. You are not exchanging currency, you are buying or selling an asset.

Bitcoin barely has legal precedent for or against it, and the services or goods bought with Bitcoin (if from a legit business) are already taxed.

Buying and selling assets has plenty of existing law and legal precedent. Yes, if you "buy" something with Bitcoin (actually a barter transaction) you owe tax on it but that has nothing to do with the IRS, there is no national sales tax or VAT in the US.

In a case like this, I believe the IRS is over-reaching its authority and asking to tax people who have likely already had the BTC taxed by spending it on things.

If you buy BTC then sell it for a higher price you are subject to capital gains tax on the difference. It doesn't matter what happens to the proceeds of the sale -- it is the transaction that is taxed. If you sell stock and buy a car with the proceeds are you exempt from capital gains tax on the sale because you paid sales tax on the car? Of course not. Even if you trade the stock directly for the car, you still have to pay the capital gains tax on any appreciation and the sales tax on the fair market value of the car. These are 2 different taxes levied by 2 different entities.

I am not a lawyer.

No shit.

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