Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?
Slashdot Deals: Cyber Monday Sale Extended! Courses ranging from coding to project management - all eLearning deals 20% off with coupon code "CYBERMONDAY20". ×

Comment Re:60% tax (Score 4, Insightful) 143

You automatically rank in the highest tax category as a freelancer. Of every buck you make, 60 cents go to the state.

If that happened to you, without you suddenly making the income that would justify it, for the love of heaven seek out a tax professional. You do have to pay both your half and the employer half of FICA. But, almost certainly your tax bracket should go down*. Or you FUBARed your taxes.

Comment Re:Another auction linked at the Marshall's site (Score 1) 62

Well, she got almost the maximum (19 years, 7 months instead of an even 20) in return for pleading guilty and making it easier to take all her stuff to make some restitution. They thought about prosecuting her more, but decided that it wasn't worth the cost to the taxpayers to keep an 77 year old in jail (how old she will be when she gets out)

Comment Re:Another auction linked at the Marshall's site (Score 1) 62

Most of that money was stolen near the end, with 30M of the thefts occuring in six years. Somehow, she convinced the town that the problem was in the state stiffing the city of monies owed to them. The theft started small (comparitively) with a first theft of 25,000. She convinced them to fire half the street maintence workers, etc.

The city has since recovered about $50 M of the money, from teh auditors and the auctions.

Comment Re: At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 1) 248

According to the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, there was a... Godwin-breaking major minority. And there was, according to the index, the anti-immigrent resolution passed in some town a few decades ago forbidding refuges.

I'm not syaing that's representative of Sweden, either then or now. But then again, I'm not sure that the anti-refugee people are representative of the US.

Comment Re:Change is inevitable (Score 2) 248

It's not being taken advantage of. It's called being a freelancer

Being a freelancer is fine. Almost certainly, instead, it's being a freelancer through a standardizing interface. Which means that everyone is competing on price, with no ability to apply skill, etc.. Which is a race to the bottom.

Comment Re:Time to invest in hard hats (Score 1) 267

And earlier this year, a private airplane crash landed on the belt around Atlanta, so it does happen. There will be more drones flights than airplanes. Airplanes have extensive and expensive maintenance between flights. Airports are not in downtown areas. Airplanes also have high costs of construction, extensive backups, independent reivew and assessment of their construction and huge deisge budgets.

Artificial intelligence has the same relation to intelligence as artificial flowers have to flowers. -- David Parnas