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by kiklion
Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College busts student for register service, then yanks idea
Replies: 49
Views: 6266

Re: College busts student for register service, then yanks i

On what planet is his continuing punishment reasonable? I wonder if he has grounds for a lawsuit. The planet of limited server resources. A script that searches a public database every sixty seconds on demand is an enormous drain on legitimate users. Until he realizes that, keeping him out of a lea...
by kiklion
Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)
Replies: 84
Views: 15924

Re: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)

it is not only an imperfect proxy, but there exists a better proxy to determine if the user is putting extra stress on a system such that the user should be charged at a higher rate. That proxy is by determining currently used bandwidth and overall bandwidth used. Also I don't understand: If they co...
by kiklion
Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)
Replies: 84
Views: 15924

Re: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)

I believe a comparison would be made to being charged $0.10 per minute for telephone calls, but if you are going to be talking through the speaker phone and not the handset we will be charging you $1 per minute. You are paying for the per minute connection to another telephone. It shouldn't matter w...
by kiklion
Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)
Replies: 84
Views: 15924

Re: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)

They are already moving away from providing unlimited plans. What this might do is increase the cost of tiered plans as people would be more likely to use up to their cap, however they also may be more likely to exceed the cap and pay increased rates for doing so off setting the increased usage at t...
by kiklion
Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wells Fargo Screws Customers, Denies Wrongdoing
Replies: 25
Views: 5491

Re: Wells Fargo Screws Customers, Denies Wrongdoing

Also, does anyone else feel like this whole thing feels like a casino game? I don't like feeling like banks are casinos. I don't feel that way, except in ways that apply to almost all aspects of life. Anything, even inaction, is placing a bet with your finances. Unless you mean that the house (the ...
by kiklion
Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Carbon Credit Perverse Incentives
Replies: 16
Views: 4857

Re: Carbon Credit Perverse Incentives

Quick clarification. The gas itself isn't actually being destroyed, the coolant gas is being sold as normal. however, the factories are getting carbon credits to destroy the toxic waste byproduct of producing the gas. So, the gas itself, (which isn't exactly beneficial to the environment either) is...
by kiklion
Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wells Fargo Screws Customers, Denies Wrongdoing
Replies: 25
Views: 5491

Re: Wells Fargo Screws Customers, Denies Wrongdoing

Also, does anyone else feel like this whole thing feels like a casino game? I don't like feeling like banks are casinos. I don't feel that way, except in ways that apply to almost all aspects of life. Anything, even inaction, is placing a bet with your finances. Unless you mean that the house (the ...
by kiklion
Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Curiousity touchdown tonight in around 5 hours.
Replies: 176
Views: 19468

Re: Curiousity touchdown tonight in around 5 hours.

But they also have shields, so there may be a world of difference between the explosion being outside and inside.
by kiklion
Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Curiousity touchdown tonight in around 5 hours.
Replies: 176
Views: 19468

Re: Curiousity touchdown tonight in around 5 hours.

But then wouldn't the means of ejecting the engine potentially make a better engine than the engine itself? But they don't eject the engine, they eject the reactor. The reactor is like a power plant, if you had a nuclear power plant in a spaceship it wouldn't necessarily create propulsion. But with...
by kiklion
Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Pell Grants
Replies: 3
Views: 4363

Pell Grants

My fiancee receives a large pell grant, she currently lives at home with her parents and they have no income. I make take home, after automatic payments, $3,000 a month. If we were married she would get reduced pell grant. She was already awarded the grant for this upcoming year, if we got married i...
by kiklion
Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wells Fargo Screws Customers, Denies Wrongdoing
Replies: 25
Views: 5491

Re: Wells Fargo Screws Customers, Denies Wrongdoing

I started to read the filing but it would be inappropriate for me to read the whole thing at work... First off you ask This leads to a couple questions that I don't get. Isn't it really strange that you could just redeem a security like that without investor permission? Not really, from reading a pa...
by kiklion
Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: London Olympics 2012
Replies: 265
Views: 38154

Re: London Olympics 2012

Just to play devil's advocate: what's to stop the top seeds from throwing matches in order to get into the weaker bracket? Because then they'll all need to play each other in the losers' bracket where it's elimination. Everyone except the top two from the winners' bracket is eventually in the loser...
by kiklion
Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US church in race row for refusing to wed black couple
Replies: 49
Views: 8707

Re: US church in race row for refusing to wed black couple

I have had a pastor who resigned (from a different church) rather than bow to racism, I would have hoped that any pastor would do the same, but I guess their are cowards in all circles. The following includes a lot of nitpicking, but when words mean different things it can be important. First off t...
by kiklion
Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 36089

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

There's also the potential to encourage copycats if they reveal a lot about his motivations and methodology. What's there to copycat? You buy a some guns, buy some ammo, and shoot into a gathering of people. Copycat crimes might not be that simple. Learning about his motivations and methodology mig...
by kiklion
Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.
Replies: 110
Views: 19234

Re: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.

Though I do agree with your last statement. If you pay cash and the mechanic drops it from 126.43 to $120 it is likely not because he is going to be avoiding taxes, but because it avoids various fees and he has the money right away. If he drops it to $80, it is probably illegitimate. This is exactl...
by kiklion
Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.
Replies: 110
Views: 19234

Re: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.

Except that there are multiple reasons for a cash discount. It could be for immediate payment, removal of the option to dispute payment for the CC, don't need to go to a bank to cash a check, no credit card fees etc. Assuming people are requesting a cash discount due to avoiding taxes is similar to...
by kiklion
Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.
Replies: 110
Views: 19234

Re: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.

I'm not responsible for filing the plumber's income taxes. Whether I pay in cash, bitcoins, or chickens, it's the plumber's responsibility to square it with the Man. The act of paying in cash itself is not a problem. Paying in cash so that the money can be hidden from taxes is a problem. If you're ...
by kiklion
Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.
Replies: 110
Views: 19234

Re: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.

I was going to say that I do consider it morally wrong to encourage cash payment in order to avoid taxation. And then I realized, I tip cash whenever possible because I know that this is a way for wait staff to avoid some portion of taxes. I do the same, but that's because I consider a tip to be a ...
by kiklion
Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.
Replies: 110
Views: 19234

Re: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.

The questionable part is asking for a discount for paying in cash. Assuming that the discount is due to saving money for the plumber by not filing taxes. However the discount could also be for no risk of challenging the charge on the CC, for not paying the CC fee for processing the payment, for not ...
by kiklion
Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Fiber
Replies: 39
Views: 10218

Re: Google Fiber

AI may have misunderstood the original TOR post. I was under the belief that they were going to run a TOR exit node, utilizing the increased bandwidth and hiding as their connections would be going through the same TOR exit node as thousands of other connections. If you have 20 people in your house,...
by kiklion
Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Fiber
Replies: 39
Views: 10218

Re: Google Fiber

My favorite thing about this is that it means Google can index not only every search you make through them but literally everything you do on the internet! Hell, with this amount of bandwidth, you can run TOR all day and hide your traffic in the masses. All the traffic is encrypted, and even if the...
by kiklion
Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Fiber
Replies: 39
Views: 10218

Re: Google Fiber

There's not much point in having that kind of bandwidth if you can't run a server of any kind. I suspect they just mean something like a web server or a public file server though. I would hope that their idea is that if it is not for profit, and/or limited connections they wouldn't do anything abou...
by kiklion
Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Fiber
Replies: 39
Views: 10218

Google Fiber

First some links: https://fiber.google.com/about/ http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/how-google-fiber-will-work-20120726/ Google is unveiling how it's attempt at becoming an isp will work out. Neighborhoods are split into groups, get enough people to register and google will lay the lines to the are...
by kiklion
Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Triple-Jumper Barred for Twitter Joke
Replies: 58
Views: 5958

Re: Greek Triple-Jumper Barred for Twitter Joke

Global cultural reform through sports! Actually, this is a good point that brought me around; The Olympics, the spirit of competition, is supposed to be a non-political, bring the world together thing. One of the issues with a lot of conflicted groups is that they don't have a venue for healthy com...
by kiklion
Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paramedics turn to expired drugs due to shortages
Replies: 51
Views: 7160

Re: Paramedics turn to expired drugs due to shortages

Where the drug companies are concerned nothing is clear. I don't doubt they will collude, I was wondering if Vaniver had something specific in mind. I suspect though that the drugs the OP article is talking about is a case of to few suppliers with profit margins so low that they have a hard time ke...
by kiklion
Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Executive Order gives Emergency Internet Kill Switch
Replies: 18
Views: 3517

Re: Executive Order gives Emergency Internet Kill Switch

Also, any such instance would almost immediately re-appear once communications are established. The criteria where shutting down all communication is beneficial is so narrow as to possibly not exist. You need to be able to determine that bad guy A has access to your system, you need to determine thi...
by kiklion
Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 43551

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

And of course, everyone ignores/forgets about Long Island. I'll just stand over here, in the corner, being invisible.
by kiklion
Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2592672

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

All of those types of jobs have crap pay. EMTs get paid minimum to get spat on or assaulted by the very people they are trying to help. Most firefighters are volunteer (aka paid 0/hr). It's because they actually want to save lives that they are willing to work for so little. No one wants to file pa...
by kiklion
Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaughter
Replies: 80
Views: 12658

Re: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaught

I always thought that complaints that UK companies always seem to be on bank holiday or vacation stemmed from us having alternating days off. (Company did not go on vacation, but contacts would and we would need to bounce over to a new contact and wait for them to get up to speed). Sometimes it seem...
by kiklion
Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 73720

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

So if it penalty and tax are materially different, why doesn't it go back to congress with 'penalty' being unconstitutional but tax being ok? Does the government requesting SCOTUS to look at it as a tax imply that congress would support it as a tax instead of a penalty? It looks like two different ...
by kiklion
Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 73720

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

Thanks, Less Than Liz for trying to answer my long winded question. Essentially, at one point he states that the courts are allowed to look at this case because Congress is intentional in it's selection of words, framing it as a penalty, which doesn't fall under the AIA. Then he goes on to state tha...
by kiklion
Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 73720

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

@Tirian Because I am just so used to using google I didn't even think of going to their website. Then I followed your link, went to their website and could not find it. Probably because I am using the wrong terminology at times. Either way I was able to read it through the direct links provided, tha...
by kiklion
Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 73720

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

Having read through the opinions, I'm confused. The Individual Mandate was rejected as a mandate+penalty, but upheld as a tax+exemption. Now, if I remember right, the version of the ACA eventually passed originated in the Senate, did it not? But with the interpretation that the Mandate is a tax, do...
by kiklion
Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 73720

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

The court struck this down because the Constitution doesn't allow the federal government to dictate purely internal policy to states, it's that federalism thing. States are, by design, their own government. There are benefits to that, like the fact that good governance for Maryland might not be goo...
by kiklion
Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 73720

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

This is similar to how social security functions, where you pay an amount equal to a certain percent of your income up to a certain income level. Since that rate and level is set in stone, it can be viewed as a flat amount. A flat amount is different from a flat rate. A flat tax of 40% of your inco...
by kiklion
Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 73720

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

From the opinion: 4. CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS delivered the opinion of the Court with respect to Part III–C, concluding that the individual mandate may be upheld as within Congress’s power under the Taxing Clause. Pp. 33–44. (a) The Affordable Care Act describes the “[s]hared responsibility pa...
by kiklion
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 73720

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

Im a conservitive and im ok with this, My only objection was being forced with the threat of fines or jail time to buy something from a private company, as this rulling has shown, that is not allowed, however you can be relieved from a tax to pay for others healthcare by buying your own health insu...
by kiklion
Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Google and Confirmation Bias. Is it time to stop 'googling'?
Replies: 26
Views: 12905

Re: Google and Confirmation Bias. Is it time to stop 'googli

This may be nit-picking but why would results for 'guns' be vastly different? If you are searching just that term you are probably either looking into the mechanical process that they use or are looking to purchase some. If you wanted to look into laws relating to guns would you not search for 'gun ...
by kiklion
Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lugo impeached, forced from office
Replies: 5
Views: 2102

Re: Lugo impeached, forced from office

Assuming that they have enough people to force an impeachment on anyone they want. Impeaching everyone is just a stall tactic, if they have control over the legislative branch could they not just not pass anything that the president wants? I am not well versed in their political structure. Just not ...
by kiklion
Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bullied bus monitor given $500000 for being bad at her job.
Replies: 109
Views: 16570

Re: Bullied bus monitor given $500000 for being bad at her j

Bullying was incredibly minor at my school due to a small school size and a varied student population. (Well we were almost all white, but varied interests and wealth.) Are you sure this was the case? Part of the problem with bullying is our inability to correctly measure it--we often assum...

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