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Signed On Apr 9, 2004, 17:38
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
47. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 23, 2017, 09:08 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on May 23, 2017, 04:27:
I wouldn't include you in that. Good on you for retiring early, but you probably don't have millions in assets, nor make half a mil per year or more in income, nor live your life on a small fraction of your income.
You're right, I don't have millions. My net worth is under $1 million. I live simply, some would say boringly, but it is good enough for me. Anyway...

As for your suggestions:
jdreyer wrote on May 23, 2017, 04:27:
Remedies (no particular order) to flatten the income scale:
- Higher national minimum wage and strictly mandated overtime rates
- Bring back the high tax brackets, and increase capital gains tax.
- Undo all the anti-union laws passed over several decades
- Get rid of the $100K limit for SS payroll taxes
- Education reform (incredibly complex and difficult task) including public preschool from age 3.
- Make all elections publicly funded, weakening the influence of the wealthy and corporations.
Higher minimum wage and mandated overtime are fine.

Higher individual, corporate taxes aren't needed. What is needed is to change the rules which allow the wealthy and corporations to avoid taxation on such a large portion of their income. However remember in some sense, corporations don't pay their taxes, consumers do. Raising the amounts corporations pay simply means they'll raise their prices. As for capital gains... I might support it, but I'd need some convincing. My current position is it does help our brand of capitalism work.

Yeah, unions get a bad rap. Although they brought some of it on themselves through bad decisions/actions -- people forget (or simply don't know) they have unions to thank for the 40 hour work week and lots of other things they take for granted.

Totally agree on raising if not eliminating the cap on SS payroll taxes.

Education reform is needed but it isn't anything that will happen easily no matter how much money you throw at it. Hell, we still have states trying to force bible studies into public schools.

Publicly funded elections would be nice. Unfortunately, we are going the other way with Citizens vs United.

Thanks for expanding your answer.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
18. Re: Sunday Safety Dance May 22, 2017, 23:23 Mr. Tact
 
Late to the topic, but there is basically one critical sentence in the article:

"... it now appears, the leading contributor to the virally spreading infection were Windows 7 machines that hadn't installed a critical security patch Microsoft issued in March."

So basically if you got it, it was your own damn fault. It would be interesting to know if corporations which were hit by it had turned down internal IT attempts to do updates...
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
43. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 22, 2017, 13:56 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on May 22, 2017, 13:28:
It's also individuals, and wealthy people are to blame, since they hoard. Right now we have the worst income since before the great depression. Strong economies depend on a fairly flat income distribution: when people in the lower and middle classes have money, they tend to spend it on both necessities and things to improve their lives. Rich people don't need to improve their lives, and their necessity costs are negligible to their income, so they save or "invest."
Okay, I'd be near the front of the line to complain about the GOP seemingly being out to help the 1%. But I'm not sure what you are attempting to say here, could you clarify?

First, where are you drawing the line for being wealthy? I certainly wouldn't consider myself wealthy. But, since I'm single and managed to get good paying jobs in IT, I was able to save enough money to retire at a reasonably "young" age, 54. I'm guessing there are plenty of people who would consider that wealthy (possibly legitimately).

Second, wherever you are drawing that line for being wealthy, what do you expect people above that line to be doing that you don't think they are doing now? Are you just asking for them to be more philanthropic?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue May 21, 2017, 23:57 Mr. Tact
 
1badmf wrote on May 21, 2017, 19:06:
i gotta say i'm not thrilled about the trailers. too shooty-shooty-bang-bang for me. bladerunner was never about action. one of its chief criticisms when it came out was that it was too slow in fact. bladecrawler some called it. i hope he didn't adjust it for the ADD millennial crowd, but the trailers sure look like it.
Perhaps it is my faulty aging brain, but I seem remember there being plenty of action in the original. I mean Harrison does hunt down and kill the replicants. I mean is it a non-stop shooter? No. But overall...never heard the term "bladecrawler" before, and it seems to me anyone using it should seek a doctor for a possible ADHD diagnosis... Winkrazz
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue May 21, 2017, 21:51 Mr. Tact
 
Am I the only one who gets annoyed that Science Fiction and Fantasy get lumped together so often? Granted, sometimes there isn't much difference.. Despite having read and enjoyed plenty of Fantasy novels, I just prefer Science Fiction and I find it disappointing they have to compete for the awards.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2017, 18:50 Mr. Tact
 
Your anecdote reminds me of something similar I could relay.. my freshman year of college, there was a food truck which showed up outside the university residence in the early evening. Generally the only thing I purchased from them was prepackaged goods, chips and such. However, one evening I had gotten distracted and missed dinner at the dining hall. So, I bought a sub sandwich from them.. don't really recall what type it was but I remember I thought it was very good. So after that about once a week or so I would get a sub from them. I suspect their health standards surpassed a garden variety gas station, but I could be mistaken...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2017, 15:29 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on May 20, 2017, 14:30:
VaranDragon wrote on May 20, 2017, 11:37:
Im going to make an educated guess and say that it's not an alien megalithic structure that's causing the dip in the star's brightness.
Occam's razor says it's aliens. Obviously.
I wish it would turn out to be aliens, because it would be so damn cool/interesting/terrifying. The "broken up planet" idea I heard recently didn't seem like too far of a stretch...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2017, 12:16 Mr. Tact
 
Party pooper! But, yeah... not likely.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2017, 09:53 Mr. Tact
 
A one off purchase does not imply it was a staple of your plans. That said, I realized I missed the "my" in what SlimRam said:
SlimRam wrote on May 19, 2017, 22:01:
... gas-station food was a staple of my bachelor life ...
which I can not deny or protest.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2017, 22:47 Mr. Tact
 
SlimRam wrote on May 19, 2017, 22:01:
Anyway, shame on you, gas-station food was a staple of my bachelor life and I shall never rebuke them, regardless of the gastrointestinal suicide I committed in my youth!
Uh. no. As someone in their mid 50s who started saying at 16 that I'd never be married, and lived up to it. I object to the idea that "gas-station food is a staple of bachelor life". Eating out, yes. At gas-stations? Only if your brain is turned off. Mine isn't.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2017, 21:48 Mr. Tact
 
On a completely different subject.. best headline I've seen in a while:

Can we now stop talking about Anthony Weiner? Like, forever?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2017, 21:43 Mr. Tact
 
WarPig wrote on May 19, 2017, 19:43:
what the hell happened to nin?
Hey, WarPig. Blue contacted him and reported, "I contacted him and was relieved to find out he's okay at least... he says he's taking a break, which is hopefully temporary."

That's all we know, he hasn't posted since about mid February.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
10. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 19, 2017, 17:56 Mr. Tact
 
The GOP is pro-business and anti-government. So, rules telling businesses they can't do what they want are "excessive regulation". They don't consider what the effect is on the consumer, that's not what they are interested in.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
8. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 19, 2017, 09:39 Mr. Tact
 
Beamer wrote on May 19, 2017, 09:28:
I find Trump to be a perfect example of why we should support estate taxes. Nevermind that someone so dumb has become arguably successful, his moron kids will be more successful than every single BN poster combined.
Well, if by successful you mean rich -- then you are absolutely correct. If you mean respected by the people who know them, only if those people are brainless fools looking to suck at the teat of the Trump wealth...
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
11. Re: Morning Safety Dance May 19, 2017, 09:20 Mr. Tact
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 19, 2017, 07:31:
My HP laptop does the same thing on popping up with new software bios updates and recommends that they be installed.
And do you install them?

Corporate environment is a different story. I can do a CYA via email to the boss on any update I don't really think is needed, plus I can have a test pool of machines prior to updating large numbers of them.

However, for personal equipment, as far as BIOS updates go, I'll stick with my only "to fix a known problem you were experiencing and with a patch known to work".
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
45. Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2017, 23:38 Mr. Tact
 
Although I knew a bit about Soundgarden, I didn't know the name Chris Cornell. Which really isn't saying much for me, I'm really bad about knowing band members names of even bands I like and own multiple albums for. That said it is always sad when anyone believes dying is their best option (short perhaps of a terminal illness, or other grave problem). This article on People Chris Cornell's final show is more than a bit chilling in retrospect.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 18, 2017, 22:37 Mr. Tact
 
No surprise here. Trump and the GOP ran on this. Removal of as many federal regulations as possible.

As I said in another topic, I have little doubt the right wing media is spinning this as removal of excessive federal regulation which was strangling little business all over the country. And I'm sure the Trump supporters believe it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 18, 2017, 22:15 Mr. Tact
 
GothicWizard wrote on May 18, 2017, 21:50:
The silence of the FCC actions from trump supporters speaks volumes.
Err? So you are saying their silence indicates they are really against this decision? If that's what you are saying (and I admit I'm not sure what you are saying) I think you are mistaken.

Trump supporters believe what the right wing media tells them. And I have little doubt the removal of Net Neutrality rules are being characterized as a liberation of the little guy from excessive federal regulation.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
9. Re: Morning Safety Dance May 18, 2017, 21:30 Mr. Tact
 
Okay, tell me what am I missing here?

I've owned at least one PC since 1989, probably a solid dozen in all. I think I've done one BIOS update in all that time to correct a specific problem. Why would you ever do this except to fix a known problem you were experiencing and with a patch known to work?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Re: First Trailer: May 18, 2017, 19:05 Mr. Tact
 
SlimRam wrote on May 18, 2017, 18:19:
EDIT: Darn it, I forgot to mention that I didn't hear any Beastie Boys either.
Haha! Definitely one of, if not the best scenes of the movie.
 
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