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November 15, 2007 at 04:50 am
the corner thing.
Interesting article:

Warren Buffett: Tax 'the hides of guys like me'

by Mark Silva

Billionaire Warren Buffett told the Senate Finance Committee today that Congress should preserve the estate tax rather than worrying about a few rich Americans like him.

"I think we need to ... take a little more out of the hides of guys like me," Buffett told the panel.

Buffett, one of the world's richest men and most generous philanthropists, is outspoken against Republican efforts mainly to repeal or lower the federal tax on inheritances. Democrats mainly call its repeal a windfall for the nation's wealthiest, while Republicans say the so-called "death tax'' burdens many small businessmen and farmers as well.

Already, the tax is being rolled back as part of the tax cuts that President Bush pushed during his first term -- with estates worth up to $2 million this year and next exempt. Bush has called on Congress to make his tax-cuts permanent, but Democrats aren't rushing to that call.

By 2009, the exemption is slated to rise to estates valued at up to $3.5 million, and by 2010 the tax is to be repealed -- but only for a year. Unless Congress acts, the tax will return with a big swing in '11, taxing estates at over $1 million with a top tax rate of 55 percent.

Inheritance taxes preserve a measure of meritocracy, insists Buffett, an Omaha-based business phenomenon, arguing that great wealth should be recycled through society.

"The resources of society I don't think should pass along in terms of an aristocratic dynasty of wealth," Buffett told the Senate committee. "I believe in keeping equality of opportunity as much as you can in this country."

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:: Brian-0-tron

September 6, 2007 at 8:10 pm
the corner thing.
Mega Man Rocks out

Truth about Pac Man


Sure to cause Nerdgasm

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:: KentricCubed

August 2, 2007 at 05:40 am
the corner thing.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6640225987281635407&pr=goog-sl


You'll definitely need sound for the full effect.

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:: Brian-0-tron

February 14, 2007 at 03:36 am
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something needs to changes here.... i just don't know what.

I've learned so much since I build this damn system, the code behind it looks so ugly now, ah well.

do we want xnerd4? or should I just give up and put up some kind of message board (like vanilla)?

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:: Admin Mike

November 29, 2006 at 7:20 pm
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With the holidays on the way, I want to wish all my fellow Xnerds a happy Chrismahanakwanzadan!

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:: KentricCubed

November 3, 2006 at 12:15 am
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Ok, I've been considering getting a new soundcard for awhile. I've heard good things from some audiohead friends, and was wondering if anybody here can tell me what they think/know/thinktheyknow about This one

I've been trying to find a card to optimize my audio quality for an economical price.

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:: KentricCubed

October 11, 2006 at 06:11 am
the corner thing.
Kim Jong Il is my Homeboy.

kim

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:: Ffats

August 19, 2006 at 05:13 am
the corner thing.
This just in:


"Snakes on a Plane" is most certainly the best movie of the year


I dare you to see it and say different

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:: KentricCubed

August 2, 2006 at 6:24 pm
the corner thing.
YOU NEVER KNOW WITH THE QUIET ONES.
Captain Kangaroo passed away on January 23, 2004 at age 76 , which is odd, because he always looked to be 76. (DOB: 6/27/27.) His death reminded me of the following story. Some people have been a bit offended that the actor, Lee Marvin, is buried in a grave alongside 3 and 4 star generals at Arlington National Cemetery.His marker gives his name, rank (PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else.Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time, why the heck does he rate burial with these guys? Well, following is the amazing answer:
I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't know the extent of his Corps experiences.In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces often in rear echelon posts where they were carefully protected, only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions, Lee Marvin was a genuine hero. He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima. There is only one higher Naval award... the Medal Of Honor.If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery. Dialogue from "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson": His guest was Lee Marvin.
Johnny said, "Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima...and that during the course of that action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely wounded." "Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the bottom and they gave me the Cross for securing a hot spot about halfway up Suribachi. Bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys getting' shot hauling you down. But,Johnny, at Iwo I served under the bravest man I ever knew... We both got the cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison.That dumb guy actually stood up on Red beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach. Bullets flying by, with mortar rounds landing everywhere and he stood there as the main target of gunfire so that he could get his men to safety. He did this on more than one occasion because his men's safety was more important than his own life.
That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends. When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and passed it to me, lying on my belly on the litter and said, where'd they get you Lee?' Well Bob... if you make it home be fore me, tell Mom to sell the outhouse!" Johnny, I'm not lying, Sergeant Keeshan was the bravest man I ever knew.
The Sergeant's name is Bob Keeshan. You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo."


On another note, there was this wimpy little man (who just passed away) on PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers is another of those you would least suspect of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth. But Mr. Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat-proven in Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed kills to his name. He wore a long-sleeved sweater on TV, to cover the many tattoos on his forearm and biceps. He was a master in small arms and hand-to-hand combat, able to disarm or kill in a heartbeat.
After the war Mr. Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister and therefore a pacifist. Vowing to never harm another human and also dedicating the rest of his life to trying to help lead children on the right path in life. He hid away the tattoos and his past life and won our hearts with his quiet wit and charm.
America's real heroes don't flaunt what they did; they quietly go about their day-to-day lives, doing what they do best. They earned our respect and the freedoms that we all enjoy. Look around and see if you can find one of those heroes in your midst.
Often, they are the ones you'd least suspect, but would most like to have on your side if anything ever happened.

Take the time to thank anyone that has fought for your freedom. With encouragement they could be the next Captain Kangaroo or Mr.Rogers

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:: Carpe Diem

July 31, 2006 at 3:07 pm
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Does posting not work for you?

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:: Admin Mike

July 29, 2006 at 3:49 pm
the corner thing.
Not that anyone ever posts here anymore, but there will probably be some down time over the next few days while i change web hosts from phpwebhosting to dreamhost! (if you want to sign-up, when you are filling out the form type the referral code '30DOWN' and get $30 off any hosting plan!)

Although they may experience a little more down time (maybe, i really don't know, they might have better uptime), I get a fair amount more flexibility and a few sweet services (like subversion) and slightly cheaper hosting (i.e. I signed up for a year plan with a discount...in three month i'll start saving money (~$25 for a year plan, at least this year, vs. $9.95 a month at php), among other things.

Hopefully I can migrate everything to the new server well enough, worst case is a week of down-time (or less than optimal time) while I try to export/import the database.

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Updates: If you are reading this, you are using the new server and the DNS record has propigated.

Please report any oddities to me, I can't check everything!

If you actually have and use an xnerd.net e-mail please message me so I can add it to the new hosts records (and get your old e-mails).

The forums will not work, I am going to change the forum software altogether, so they'll be back eventually.

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:: Admin Mike

June 22, 2006 at 3:23 pm
the corner thing.

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:: KentricCubed

June 4, 2006 at 5:59 pm
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Pop Culture Geeks Might enjoy this Spoken Word Poem I found on the Internet

Airwolf


If you like that, you can find more of this guy's stuff at http://www.ernestcline.com/spokenword/

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:: KentricCubed

May 19, 2006 at 7:00 pm
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Well, I don't know if any of you've been having the problem of xnerd failing to load (perhaps about a redirection failing). It happened a while ago and it just happened to me now, so I decided to fix it.

The problem was my server would clear the temp folder in which I store all your data, but the cookie which I store on your computer (which tells the server who you are) remained and pointed to the information which no longer exists. My script would then think you had no login information and send you to the security settings page (to set a secret question/answer for password retrival). That page would see that you were not logged in and send you to the main page (which would send you to the security page, an so forth). Yadda, yadda, yadda, my original intentions were to have it send you to the login page, but i never did that. It is now fixed (as far as I can tell).

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:: Admin Mike

May 4, 2006 at 11:21 pm
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Ok, sorry about the quick double post follow up here, but this was worth reporting.


As if millions of fanboy's suddenly cried out in joy

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:: KentricCubed


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